So how do you identify him before you get hurt? Not all emotionally abusive men will show you a lack of respect from Day 1. But how do they behave toward other people and speak about them? If your boyfriend is critical or contemptuous of other people, be very aware that you have a short shelf life before you become those other people. Telling you his hard luck story is a neat ploy.
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What Is Emotional Abuse?
When someone is physically or sexually abusing you it is very easy to spot, not so with emotional abuse. Whenever I speak with someone who is being emotionally abused, they rarely say it outright. So how can you know if this is happening to you?
Physical abuse is easy to recognize, but emotional abuse in a relationship can be more insidious, often going undetected by family members, friends and even victims themselves. At the start of a relationship, the abuser may appear to be attentive and kind. Emotional abuse, which is used to gain power and control in a relationship, may take a number of forms, including but not limited to: insulting, criticizing, threatening, gaslighting, ridiculing, shaming, intimidating, swearing, name-calling, stonewalling , lying, belittling and ignoring.