EMOTIONAL ABUSE Category

Examples of trauma

Experts tend to create their own definition of trauma based on their clinical experiences. However, the most commonly referenced definition is from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):4 “Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful […]

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Emotional Terrorism

What I’ve called emotional terrorism has also been called emotional blackmail by psychotherapist Susan Forward and refers to a form of psychological manipulation that uses implied or overt threats and/or punishments in order to control another person’s behavior. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/psychological-manipulation

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Seeing the Invisible

Attachment experiences between caregiver and child are powerful sculptors of personality,and become key determinants in how an individual relates to self, other and emotions overa lifetime. When a child’s early attachment relationships are characterized by recurrent“errors of omission” – neglect, deprivation, misattunement, and lack of affection,recognition and/or affirmation — that child can develop areas of […]

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Grace vs. Abuse

You (yes, you) need to read this…even if you’re not in an abusive situation. You need to know where the line is between giving grace and accepting abuse, so you can help a friend or family member recognize it. For millions of Americans, accepting abuse is an everyday occurrence. Statistics reveal around 10 million people suffer from […]

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Supporting your child with a negative experience online

We want all children to have a safe and positive experience when they go online, but sometimes a child might be sent an image, video or message without their consent that upsets or confuses them. It can be hard to know what to say or do in these types of situations and that’s completely normal. […]

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Ever Wonder Why Your Abusive Partner Hates You?

The abusive man hates the woman for continuing to exist outside of him.

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Emotional Blackmail

When in a dysfunctional cycle of emotional blackmail, the victim may be inclined to: apologize, plead, change plans to meet the others’ needs, cry, use logic, give in, or challenge. Typically, they will find it difficult to stand up for themselves, directly address the issue, set boundaries, and communicate with the blackmailer that the behavior […]

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Ways to Handle Emotional Blackmail

Emotional blackmail is a dysfunctional form of manipulation that people use to place demands and threaten victims to get what they want. The undertone of emotional blackmail is if you don’t do what I want when I want it, you will suffer. The term was introduced by Susan Forward, Ph.D., in her book Emotional Blackmail: When […]

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The Abused Brain | Dana Foundation

Societal Solutions for Societal Problems Maltreatment takes many forms. Physical, sexual or emotional abuse, extreme neglect, and separation from parents are the more obvious forms. More insidious causes of toxic stress, including poverty, food insecurity, and systemic racism, can also affect psychological and physical health. Social-educational programs directed at early childhood or adolescence have shown […]

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