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How emotional abuse is wrecking your mental health

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Discover what emotional abuse actually is, how widespread it is, who's doing it, and what mental health issues it can cause you when you're on the receiving end of it, in this infographic on emotional abuse.

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How emotional abuse is wrecking your mental health

  1. 1. EMOTIONAL ABUSE HOW is wrecking your MENTAL HEALTH THE DEFINITION Emotional abuse happens when a person uses words or actions to control, frighten or isolate someone or take away their self-respect. Emotional abuse is sometimes called psychological abuse. WHO'S AFFECTED? It's estimated that around 36% of people suffered from severe emotional abuse in their childhoods* - but many of them don't even realize it! ISWHAT EMOTIONAL ABUSE? 36% COMMON EXAMPLES WHAT THEY DO: HOW YOU FEEL: INVISIBLE ASHAMED GUILTY INVISIBLE BAD STUPID insult scream yell THREATEN IGNORE YOU tell you that 'you're the only one who has this problem' HUMILIATE MOCK EXCESSIVELY CRITICISE Always have the last word Never apologize BLAME YOU Deny their abusive behaviour NO TOLERANCE Judge you harshly INVALIDATE YOU Tell you that what you think or feel doesn't matter DEPRESSED WHO'S DOING IT? INTIMIDATE WORTHLESS CONTROLLED SCARED Sorry! DUNCE Mom Dad Sibling Spouse Friend Boss Every time someone treats you in a way that makes you feel threatened, ignored, invalidated, worthless, invisible, demeaned or stupid, they are emotionally abusing you. HOW CAN YOU STOP IT? Stop making excuses for it. Learn how to strengthen your own mental and emotional health. Put proper boundaries in place to protect yourself. You can buy these, and other books by Rivka Levy, on it. This is a spade! Learn more at: www.spiritualselfhelp.org HOW CAN YOU STOP IT? * References Besharov, D. J. (1990). Recognizing child abuse: A guide for the concerned. New York: The Free Press. Garbarino, J., & Garbarino, A. (1994). Emotional maltreatment of children. Chicago: National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, 2nd Ed. Glaser, D. (2002, June). Emotional abuse and neglect (psychological maltreatment): A conceptual framework. Child Abuse & Neglect, 26, 697-714. Pecora, P., Whittaker, J., Maluccio, A., and Barth, R. (2000). The child welfare challenge. New York: Aldine de Gruyter. Resources Dubowitz, H., and DePanfilis, D. (Eds.). (2000). Handbook for child protection practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. Feild, T., and Winterfeld, A. (2003). Guidelines on abuse—Emotional abuse. Tough problems, tough choices: Guidelines for needs-based service planning in child welfare. Englewood, CO: American Humane and Casey Outcomes and Decision-Making Project.

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