Where there are relationships, there are bound to be rough patches. However, sometimes, relationships slip into a rut or a negative pattern where one partner is continuously angry, blaming and hurtful…or is suspicious, mistrustful and doubting. Sometimes, unfortunately, both partners have some such behaviors that adversely affect the relationship. Patterns such as these, when severe and repetitive constitute ‘Emotional Abuse’ or ‘Psychological Abuse’.
Psychological or emotional abuse is actually rather prevalent. It wouldn’t take you too long to think of a relationship where both partners suffered immensely because one or both partners were either verbally abusive, blackmailed the other, were extremely controlling or dominating, or suspicious. All these behaviors are actually forms of emotional abuse.
We wrote an article for Women’s Web, describing emotional abuse in detail – what it really is, why it occurs and what one can do about it.
If you relate to what we have described above, or know somebody who would, this article would probably help. Even if you’ve been reading and thinking to yourself “this is often how I behave,”, this article would help you too.
As Indian women, instances of physical and sexual violence are not new to us. Abuse suffered by our bodies torments us and makes us feel angry and unsafe. But, how about abuse suffered by just our minds? If left unaddressed, this abuse of the mind or, psychological abuse can grow to be very toxic for everybody involved in it.
How is psychological abuse a form of violence against women?
Many of us have been through some form of psychological abuse, but often do not know that that was abuse. Well, psychological abuse is any behaviour that induces in the victim, a feeling of trauma, anguish, humiliation and helplessness over a prolonged period of time. Several everyday examples of psychological abuse exist, including:…..
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Post contributed by: Sadia Raval and Malini Krishnan
Malini is a Clinical Psychologist and she worked with adolescents and young adults at Inner Space, from 2010 to 2015.