“Given the prevalence of childhood psychological abuse and the severity of harm to young victims, it should be at the forefront of mental health.”
Bruises and scars are one thing. But the permanent damage of broken trust, hurtful words, neglect and being unloved is something you never fully heal from.
Signs you have emotionally abusive parents
A classic sign of a narcissistic type of parent is emotional manipulation. They love exercising control over their children. It’s either to make themselves look good, or they feel loving their children is a waste of time.
This can be displayed either of two ways:
Passive-aggressiveness, withdrawal, neglect, threats;
The need for control, over-protectiveness, extremely high expectations.
Both types of emotional manipulation leave the child confused. It also causes anxiety because they don’t know what their parent is going to do next.