Psychological Abuse: How to Recognize and Protect Yourself

Abuse is violence, which can be physical, sexual, financial and psychological. In this article we will look at the manifestations of psychological abuse in human relationships.

Manifestations of psychological abuse

The main signs of psychological abuse are:

– Systematic behavior of the person that does not change;
– Anxiety and discomfort in the victim;
– The abuser’s failure to acknowledge wrongdoing;
– Constant tension and fear of hurting the abuser.

Abusers can be both male and female and use a variety of psychological abusers. Below we will look at 14 manifestations of psychological abuse:

1. Persistent manipulation. Abusers use a variety of manipulations, such as making the victim feel jealous, guilt, comparing them to others, etc. The goal is to make the victim more controllable.

2. Threats. Abusers may openly threaten or intimidate the victim.

3. blackmail. Abusers can deprive the victim of something important or punish her with days of silence if she does not do what the abuser wants.

4. Humiliation. Abusers may humiliate the victim in front of others or give her hurtful nicknames.

5. Depreciation. Abusers disregard the victim’s words, thoughts, and feelings, as well as their accomplishments.

6. Double standards. Abusers are allowed everything, and the victim has to ask permission for everything.

7. Excessive control. Abusers pressurize and strangle the victim with control, making him accountable for everything.

8. Ignoring. Abusers can go silent for a long time or disappear without giving a reason.

9. Stifling jealousy. Abusers are always suspecting and testing the victim.

10. Frequent mood swings. Abusers can exhibit gratuitous mood swings, forcing the victim to adjust.

11. isolation. Abusers try to distance the victim from his environment so that he cannot ask for support.

12. excessive criticism. Abusers criticize the victim always and for everything, not praise or support.

13. Gaslighting. Abusers convince the victim that she is inadequate and that only an abuser can stand her.

14. Restraints and punishments. Abusers constantly educate and “train” the victim without giving her freedom.

How to protect yourself from psychological abuse

If you are faced with psychological abuse, you need to take steps to protect yourself:

– Talk to friends and family about your situation;
– Seek help from professionals, such as a psychologist or an abuse center;
– Don’t be alone with the abuser, if possible;
– Do not let the abuser control you or your life;
– Do not believe the abuser’s false claims about your inferiority.

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