Emotional abuse is a tricky one. When someone is physically or sexually abusing you it is very easy to spot, not so with emotional abuse. You’ll question whether or not you’re exaggerating or overreacting. You’ll feel as though something is “off” but you might not know what. Whenever I speak with someone who is being emotionally abused, they rarely say it outright. They often say “I think I might be getting emotionally abused” or they refuse to use the term “abuse” all together. So how can you know if this is happening to you? I’ve put together a master list of 65 Signs Of Emotional Abuse In Your Relationship as well as some background on abuse in order to help.
WHY DO PEOPLE GET STUCK IN EMOTIONALLY ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS?
Before we get into all the signs, I really want to discuss why people get stuck in relationships like these. The first thing you have to understand is that emotional abuse never happens right away. If someone you went on three dates with started looking through your texts, or criticizing your outfit, your red flag detector would be going haywire.
Remember the frog that gets killed by the slowly boiling water? You know, the one that jumps out if the water is already boiling but if they are sitting in the water as it goes from cold to boiling, they just sit there until they die.
THAT is emotional abuse.
It starts slow, insignificant and then builds and builds until it starts taking a serious toll on your mental health.