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I Am a Victim of Emotional Abuse

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    In the beginning my now husband was very sweet

    always opening the door for me and always putting me before everything else. There was a time i actually felt like he loved me. After he came home from Iraq he was a different man. He always proceeded to make me cry, to put me down, and to threaten to beat me so hard that i...
    Sexygirl8807 Sexygirl8807 26-30 29 Responses Dec 13, 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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    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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    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 1 Response a week ago

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    So I'm out of it now.

    I left.Yeah I was being abused for years.I recently left. He always called me retarted, and slow. He made me watch videos of people dying. he started saying he wants to beat my brains in. A few times, he held his fists in my face. Also, a few times he beat the crap out of his...
    amtired amtired 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 24

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    I learned a lot of things

    while i was married to an abusive man for 10yrs.. I learned that i am not strong enough to take care of myself.. and so i stopped and let him I learned that i am not smart enough to make any decisions on my own because everything i did was wrong. .and so i stopped and let him...
    sweetpea6200 sweetpea6200 31-35, F 8 Responses Apr 21, 2014

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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 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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    ...

    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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    berangere berangere 66-70, F 2 Responses Apr 30

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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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    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 a week ago

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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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    I was previously married.

    It was an experience for lack of better words. This week I have felt the need to read over my old blog that I kept privately to keep me sane. I just cried reading it. To think of how much I went through and the emotional pain I was in. Like being trapped in a cage and having to...
    Elpis11 Elpis11 31-35, F 5 Responses Jun 20

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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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    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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    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 1 Response Jun 23

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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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    I wish to share this video with all victims of

    abuse,I hope it will be of help on your road to healing and recovery.
    berangere berangere 66-70, F May 15

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 3 Responses 6 days ago

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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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    Hi everyone! After 25 years of being financially

    and emotionally abused by my father I am suing him and finding the process a bit overwhelming. Even more overwhelming is seeing how deep the abuse goes, finding out im not the messed up person he has always made me think I am, finding out how mentally unstable he is and the...
    amaykate amaykate 22-25 Jun 10

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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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    As a male victim of an emotionally & verbally

    abusive marriage, I had a hard time finding people who would listen and help, especially in the Christian church world. As the target of abuse, the main questions I needed to discuss and/or have answered were, "Why did you (my wife) treat me in the cruel ways that you did...
    bwDVOWRD bwDVOWRD 26-30, M 4 Responses Sep 29, 2014

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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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    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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    I had an abusive boyfriend

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

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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 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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    Learned Helplessness They say These clever

    scientist folks, That there is such a thing As learned helplessness; Cage a rat Subject it To repeated trauma Until it is so tired of fighting It will lie in the corner And take the pain Not leaving Even when the door is opened I know this to be true This has been me Cowering...
    Beautifulnlost22 Beautifulnlost22 31-35, F 1 Response May 10

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    Not True

    ***** do this and ***** do that that's what I got woke up to everyday. Your nothing but a worthless **** no one will ever want you. Your retarted! You can't do anything right. Your nasty your ugly. This is what emotional abuse is. After hearing it so long you think its true. I'm...
    holehearted79 holehearted79 31-35, F 4 Responses Jul 15, 2013

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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 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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    Just Because Its Not Visible Does Not Mean Its Not There

    I know there are many examples of emotional/mental abuse on here, and each one is important. I also know that this form of abuse can come from both men and women. I happened to be on the receiving end of emotional abuse from my wife. She is now my ex..   As a little back story...
    Army0917 Army0917 31-35, M 9 Responses Mar 19, 2011

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