To respect its victims, we have to be very careful about watering it down.
You're perpetually drained because all your energy is expended trying to keep your partner happy (and, you'll eventually come to realize, those efforts are in vain). Seems like everyone is complimenting your new wardrobe, recent weight loss, or latest blogpost.
Because the emotional abuser can't see or own his/her role, arguing the point gets you nowhere.
All disappointments in an abuser's life must be externalized. A healthy, non-abusive relationship is built on support, admiration, empathy, balance, and personal responsibility.
These elements add up to a love built on a respectful mutuality.
If your relationship feels more abusive than loving, seek help from a therapist. But acknowledging that you deserve a healthy, loving relationship shouldn't be.
Many people assume abuse means that physical violence is happening, but that’s not always the case! Explore the tabs below to learn a few of the common types of abuse so you can better identify them.