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I Am a Victim of Emotional Abuse

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    The Art Of Emotional Abuse

    ~THE ART OF EMOTIONAL ABUSE~ THE CANVAS How do you become the victim of emotional abuse? Why don’t you just get out? I’ve been asked “What did he do to you?” BRUSH STROKES There are no concrete answers to that question. No physical wounds to prove the damage. It’s so...
    Breeziiee Breeziiee 41-45, F 20 Responses Aug 8, 2013

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    I personally think that emotional abuse is

    worse then physical abuse. I've been through both and emotional hurt more for me.
    Suicidekisses Suicidekisses 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 19

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    Yasmin567 Yasmin567 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 2

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    Physical aggression by a man toward his partner

    is abuse, even if it happens only once. If he raises a fist; punches a hole in the wall; throws things at you; blocks your way; restrains you; grabs, pushes, or pokes you; or threatens to hurt you, that’s physical abuse. He is creating fear and using your need for physical...
    Beautifulnlost22 Beautifulnlost22 31-35, F 4 Responses Jul 31, 2014

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    I am a man, and my wife is.

    .. it's hard to say it and feel like I'm really telling the truth, but she's my abuser. She treats my questions as though they have obvious answers. She treats me like I'm just a participant in our life, not a partner. She treats me like my opinion on something, or my desire...
    Felixthestoat Felixthestoat 22-25, T 11 Responses Apr 18, 2014

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    I don't even know if I am a victim of emotional

    abuse. I feel like all the relationship problems between us are my fault but I'm doing my best otherwise. Apparently I'm self centered and I don't listen to his emotions but how can I when he almost never tells me how he's feeling??
    thatonecxnt thatonecxnt 22-25, F 2 Responses May 16

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    This divorce is taking far too long.

    It's ridiculous. Every time there seems to be some glimmer of hope, it's fake. Court dates get postponed multiple times. There's a new law for a quick divorce for victims of domestic abuse, but no one knows how to use it yet. Everything I've clung to gratitude for is vanishing...
    newchick11 newchick11 26-30, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    When I was growing up I hated her

    and my stepfather being at home. She always shouted for one reason or another and he was quiet and when he made remarks they were awful. Fast forward 30 years and I have a son now. She came to visit wanting to play grandmother. I have told her million times that I feel nervous...
    Loveart8 Loveart8 41-45, F 6 days ago

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    I just walked out of an abusive relationship

    funny he forced me to leave the last thing he said was either you blame all of the abuse on yourself or gtfo i finally came to terms that he never loved me... I feel ok (safe)
    rossp24 rossp24 22-25, F 5 Responses Mar 11, 2014

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    I don't know where else to ask.

    Is this also abuse? I come home from working 3pm to 11pm at a nursing home where I care for people with Alzheimer's and Dementia. I love my job but it is demanding. My husband is a big hockey fan. His team did not make it to the finals. He gets angry when they lost and I am...
    mom4ce mom4ce 51-55, F 2 Responses Jun 13

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    Hi I would like to vent a bit.

    I dont know how many wives have this problem with there spouse.But I have had this problem for 3 to 4 years.See let me explain a little bit so you can understand what I am talking about? See this year me and my spouse found out that he is mildly bi polar.And un like normal bi...
    Fruitypunch15 Fruitypunch15 31-35 5 days ago

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    My first wife left me

    and my two year old. I was devastated to say the least. I met my current wife when he was four. She has helped me raise him and we have a 17 year old son together. I made a promise to stand by her no matter what. She can be a very angry person and wants everything her way. My...
    jaymic64 jaymic64 51-55, M 6 Responses Mar 26

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    One of the hardest things about my situation of

    emotional abuse is, my dad is the abuser, and I can't really get away from it except leaving the house which I can't really do because I don't have a car that I can just drive away in. I've told a very trusted teacher of mine (Of 3 years going on 4) and my new best friend about...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 5 Responses Jun 6

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    From the outside, my life at home looks

    fabulous. I couldn't have a better mom and dad. I go to university, which they help pay for, and I live in my moms house. My parents are divorced and both remarried. My moms house is quite large. My mom also eats out a lot, so it looks like we are well-off financially. On the...
    emilie021 emilie021 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 20

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    i'm hurting. his words are vicious,

    cruel, disgusting, and couldn't be farther from the truth. yet i give in to his bs and swallow it. absorb it. in the same sentence he will tell me that he loves me, but then call me a crazy, psycho, wh*re b*tch. he disrepects my family when it's just me and him. but to them...
    mermaid81 mermaid81 31-35, F 5 Responses Nov 21, 2014

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    Drained By A Vampire

    No, not the fictional variety, but the emotional variety. More and more was asked of me, I gave and gave. I gave not only time but trust. And I lost so much of myself in the process. First it all seemed so caring, so I gave freely of myself, my trust. But then it began.  The...
    DinahMoeHumm DinahMoeHumm 41-45, F 4 Responses Aug 2, 2012

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    I am depressed.people say the meanest things

    sometimes. Especially my abusive ex. He made fun of me almost daily. If I was so bad in his opinion, why'd he talk to me? I don't understand. I want to give up on life. I can't handle it. I have no energy to do anything. What should I do? Sigh... I really don't like mean people...
    amtired amtired 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 18

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    For five years, I was in a relationship with a

    domineering man, who controlled everything I did. I was not allowed to be myself with him. He didn't care about what I wanted or what I needed. He let me starve while he pigged out. He made me feel stupid, incompetent, ugly and dirty. He made me feel like I could not take care...
    Bluebutterflywings Bluebutterflywings 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 15, 2014

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    Growing up, my mother would have these "moods"

    where she would get angry at some small mistake or mishap and scream and yell at anyone within her sight. She would always blame me or my father for whatever was wrong. I grew up hearing how I was a "bad child", how I couldn't do anything right, how I was never gonna amount to...
    bookworm2014 bookworm2014 22-25, F 5 Responses Jan 13, 2014

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    Hurt Is The Understatement of the Millenia by

    Leymi It was a mistake, it was a lie Our past based on deciet You and me, no longer anything You lied to me, made me feel loved And why? To hurt me? Congratulations. You did. I've never hurt this bad, My heart has never been torn from my chest And my skin has never been...
    Beautifulnlost22 Beautifulnlost22 31-35, F 2 Responses May 15

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    ~THE ART OF EMOTIONAL ABUSE~ THE CANVAS How do

    you become the victim of emotional abuse? Why don’t you just get out? I’ve been asked “What did he do to you?” BRUSH STROKES There are no concrete answers to that question. No physical wounds to prove the damage. It’s so subtle & pervasive, as not to be described by a...
    Breeziiee Breeziiee 41-45, F 5 Responses Feb 20, 2014

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    Growing up, I was so unaware of this condition

    and didn't even realize my wife would do the same thing until we got divorced. My mom was always manipulative and handled every issue with anger and violence. When I got married, my wife was the kind who would use emotional blackmail to get her way. She still does it, but with...
    karlmartink karlmartink 36-40, M 4 Responses May 2

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    well....theres not much to say.

    i feel my story is inferior to those who have spent their entire lives being abused. mine was a short 2 months with a boyfriend. i didn't understand what happened. before we got together he would phone me every night for hours. after we got together, he'd never phone me. he'd...
    Lizzy90242 Lizzy90242 16-17, F 3 Responses May 27

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    My parents emotionally abuse me.

    Never physical, just words. Over today my dad has called us (me and my sisters) names 17 times, dropped curse words over 4 dozen, and overall made me feel like crap. I don't know what to do. My mom never defends us but goes right along with him. Honestly, I hate my home life and...
    TheCupcakeQueen TheCupcakeQueen 13-15, F 1 Response May 16

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    Coming Up For Air

    I loved the attention.After being ignored for so many years I loved that someone thought that I was worth listening to, that what I had to say mattered.I loved that I felt attractive again, that I felt desired.I loved that I felt loved.He never hit me. He rarely said an unkind...
    Quintesse Quintesse 51-55, F 66 Responses Aug 19, 2011

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    Tale of Two Husbands: Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde

    I can't believe it happened to me. I thought I was too smart, too wise. I'd had therapy. Hell, my husband had worked as a mental health therapist for 10 years, and we both have PhDs. Here's my realization:  That I'd been excusing his "moods" and assuming he'd...
    FormerDoorMat FormerDoorMat 51-55, F 62 Responses Mar 12, 2009

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    Dear ******* Who Hurt Me

    for Four Years, I am no longer your emotional slave. You hurts me so bad that I was diagnosed with PTSD. You drove me out of the state, 1000 miles away from my hometown. I left because I was so incredibly scared of you, scared you would come back and hurt me, and say things...
    sarahtorrella sarahtorrella 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 15, 2014

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    Ive been picked on all of my life aswell,

    as i read the stories of users in this group. This is something that ruined my self esteem and my life pretty much. With my old EP account i was writing a diary about my bullying life. I dont think it helped somebody because my stories were simply ignored. But i will not be...
    lonely4560 lonely4560 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 17

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    What Is Emotional Abuse.

    What is Emotional Abuse? I've asked myself this question a million times. I never knew the answers and for a long time I was too afraid to find them, I was afraid of what I'd discover. About myself, about my spouse, about our life. Then for some reason in the last couple of weeks...
    UndeniablyConfused UndeniablyConfused 26-30, F 65 Responses Dec 1, 2008

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    You Are not alone. I know how you feel

    and I know what it is like when those thoughts and feelings creep in. Remember, we actually don't have to believe everything we think. Due to trying to build an intimate relationship with someone who turned out to be very passive aggressive and manipulative I now go through a...
    mariayoga mariayoga 31-35, F 1 Response May 14

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    Vindicated!! It was a small win,

    but at couples therapy tonight the therapist told my wife that no matter what I offer her in gestures or attempts, she only gets angry or ridicules me. My wife got very upset and almost walked out accusing the therapist of being unsafe and biased. The therapist was able to talk...
    deepbreathneeded deepbreathneeded 36-40, M 2 Responses Sep 22, 2014

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    I had to pull myself out of suicidal thoughts

    alone tonight. My parents will never accept the fact that they are part of the problem.
    sassycastiel sassycastiel 18-21, F 2 Responses May 20

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    My mother met my stepfather

    when I was 8. He was OK at first, besides the constant rambling about his four "perfect" sons, who all played various sports. My brother and I were almost their complete opposites. I'm a science-y, peace-loving, atheistic, booklover, and my brother is a gamer. After six years...
    newtonscamander newtonscamander 13-15, F May 19

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    he told me I was a *****

    and that's all I am. that's not very nice. especially when I already feel like crap about myself. in church once a pastor said that a relationship is like a gas tank. it starts out full. but once you have a heart ache it slowly empties. sure something good can happen and you try...
    yesitsme123 yesitsme123 31-35 2 Responses May 18

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    I was once alone... I was isolated from the

    outside world, my family, my friends. He wanted that to be. I did not want them to see. I was filled with shame, shame on me. I was beaten down, told I was nothing. I was stupid. I did not want them to see. I did not want them to see me, how stupid I could be... I was...
    Mm8335 Mm8335 36-40, F 4 Responses Aug 25, 2014

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    One day, I'm going to do it.

    I am going to end my life. I don't want to be abused anymore. And I realize there's no hope for me. When I die, I will be free. The world is better off without me.
    CreoleItalianwoman CreoleItalianwoman 31-35, F 7 Responses May 10

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    bateine ki baat hein ?

    nehi to? e meri apni hein. e koi nehi le sakte hein humse. e.. humara hein... humara i rahe ga. jab jau.. dusri gaw .. dusri dofa vogoban.. jab puse humko... "ANJALEE..." tum itna sari baat mere liye rakh liya? Kui, beti? Batao.. aramse.. dor na maat. tab batau.. eai HUMARA...
    apsebatienhuye apsebatienhuye 56-60, F Jun 16

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    This is like a way of opening up to whole to

    show what i have been into. I got three sisters. Two are like their own dad,devils, and most of all selfish. I had one of them who like to manipulate things to make you do anything for them and then keep saying how stupid you were for doing it and such a dork and an azzhole for...
    Egyptianguy34 Egyptianguy34 36-40, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I feel like I need to share the truth about my

    relationship somewhere. I have been in a relationship with a guy who has made me feel isolated, like a disgusting animal, a stupid child, and depressed for more than 3 years. None of the ugly came out in him until after I was committed and emotional invested in him. We were...
    myselffirst myselffirst 22-25, F 7 Responses Jun 26, 2014

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    ...

    and it makes it really hard to have normal relationships once you're damaged goods... because now everything makes us feel vulnerable and easily hurt. And so, even if it's emotional intimacy that we want most, we can't even begin to enjoy it because we're so hurt, so scarred, so...
    CrazyHippieChick CrazyHippieChick 22-25 5 Responses Dec 8, 2013

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    With my being in love with a loser has caused a

    lot of agony. Being cheated on over and over. Being told that he didn't like what I had on and that I was crazy. Yea i was damn crazy for loving such a jackass. I WAS a victim of emotional abuse. I finally got the strength to leave. It was for the best.
    SentimentalMood SentimentalMood 36-40, F 3 Responses Nov 12, 2014

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    I recently got out of a verbal

    and emotionally abusive relationship but rather than share the actual story...for I am not up to recounting it...I thought I'd share the signs that I gathered and used to diagnose the problem. I had figured under 15 of these could be just normal relationship stress...but...
    theodore2324 theodore2324 26-30, M 6 Responses Jan 24, 2014

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    I had an abusive boyfriend

    who manipulated me
    JadeHunter JadeHunter 13-15, F May 14

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    I believed the words you threw at me.

    They bore down deep into my soul. To my very core I believed I was unworthy of your respect. That I deserved every horrible name you uttered. Thought it was acceptable to not be allowed to see my family or friends. Even believed that not seeing them was better for our...
    Happinessismine Happinessismine 31-35, F 5 Responses Mar 31

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    My Story #2 Mental/Physical/Emotional/Verbal Abuse

    I DON'T REALLY KNOW HOW TO START THIS, BUT I CAN TRY. I HAVE BEEN MENTALLY/EMOTIONALLY/VERBALLY/PHYSICALLY ABUSED BY MY EX BOYFRIEND FOR A LONG LONG TIME. I HAVE DECIDED TO SHARE THIS BECAUSE I HAVE GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE IT WILL HELP ME THROUGH MY PROCESS. I LOST MYSELF TO...
    mellymel30 mellymel30 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 5, 2013

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    Hi ok so I have been a victim of emotional

    and mental nd a little bit of physical abuse in the past. I have been in about 4 relationships that were like that not all were physical mostly just mental and emotional abuse and it was so hard and it hurts so much. My boyfriend that I'm with now abuses me emotionally and...
    LuvLostSoul LuvLostSoul 26-30, F 3 days ago

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