Emotionally abusive relationships tend to develop in relationships that involve various types of attachments. Abusive partners want to destroy the emotional well-being of the spouse, using various types of threats. If partners fail to evaluate correctly their relationships, they perceive only certain sides of their relationship without taking into account abusive behaviors such as verbal assaults, control, isolation, and ridiculing.
Signs of Emotionally Abusive Relationships
Victims of emotional abuse complain that it is the most devastating of all abuses. The main characteristics of emotional abuse are aggressive language, harsh criticism as well as denigration. The result of emotional abuse is lower self-esteem and poor performance. Emotional abuse can be initiated by stress. Maltreated children become cruel, aggressive as well as fail to perform well at school. They also develop various disorders, including anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Subsequently, they engage in various aggressive behaviors, becoming either abusers in the future or become subject to further victimization. Their perceptions of the world are different than that of children who were not abused, as they tend to use aggression to get what they want as the only way available. They are unable to study and then engage in criminal behavior as well as drugs.
The effects of Emotionally Abusive Relationships
Those who experienced sexual abuse develop various disorders along with suicidal thoughts. Such children tend to develop behavior based on powerlessness because of their inability to stop the abuse. There is also shame and guilt incorporated later into their self-image. Other forms of emotional abuse involve neglect where parents fail to ensure that child receives adequate medical care, supervision as well as education. Neglected children often run away from home and perform poorly at school. Psychological maltreatment may result in social withdrawal.
The aftermath of emotionally abusive relationship is PTSD that requires intervention. Women who develop PTSD usually fail to deal with violence in their relationships.
Emotional abuse leads to a break of the relationship, especially if the severity of such abuse is high. Its precursor is usually abuse in childhood that is experienced by children as they grow up and due to societal denial about this never receive any help. Children who experience abuse in childhood tend to live with families who fail to share any moral or social values. They also fail to learn about support or sharing it with others. As families increasingly fail to support their children in positive ways they become distrustful. They are then unable to develop healthy relationships as well as function in society, as parents fail to provide environments that are stable as well as financially secure.
How Emotionally Abusive Relationships Develop?
There may also be other factors that lead to the development of emotionally abusive relationships. One such factor is related to various traditional roles assigned, such as that men tend to be less expressive emotionally and dominant while women are expected to be submissive. Feelings of greater insecurity as well as power and control are frequently present in dating violence that fuels emotionally abusive relationships.