Abuse can be difficult to identify, especially when no physical violence is involved. Likewise, emotional and mental abuse is hard to recognize and often involves toxic mind games. It can also be confusing to the victim as it is more subtle. However, it can have significant consequences and quickly weaken a person’s confidence, self-esteem, and self-respect.
Emotional and Mental abuse is limited to gaslighting, ridiculing, insulting, lying, and belittling. Emotional and mental abuse can be traumatic, and the victim may later experience PTSD, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain in their life. All About The Lifestyle is a lifestyle magazine covering mental health and positive thinking.
Read on to know about five subtle signs of an emotionally and mentally abusive relationship.
You are constantly walking on eggshells
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You are always second-guessing and self-editing yourself. You have to endlessly think about your actions and how your partner will perceive them. This means that you have already adopted the subtly abusive behavior, so your partner won’t do it.
Your partner needs constant check-ins
At first, you may find it sweet how protective and caring they are. But it can quickly get overwhelming when it turns into possessiveness. Your partner demands you to text back or call right away. They are constantly questioning you and keep constant tabs on you. Also, they limit where you can go or with whom you can spend time. These possessive habits can be an alarming sign of emotional and mental abuse.
Your partner punishes you by withholding affection or sex
People do not associate withholding affection, sex, or even financial support with abuse. But your partner may be thinking that you do not deserve to experience all this, and that’s what makes it abusive.
Your partner acts hot and cold all the time
Your partner loves you unconditionally one minute and ignores you like a stranger the next. You spend hours and hours trying to figure out what happened, but in the end, you can’t. When you ask them about this, they deny being emotionally unavailable. As you did not get any reason for this absentee, you started to panic and blamed yourself. This can make a reasonably independent person an anxious pleaser, which is exactly what your partner wants you to be.
Your partner puts you down
Your partner is criticizing everything about you. They ridicule your hobbies, appearance, and interests. They are constantly criticizing all about the lifestyle you have. Then, when you confront them, they gaslight you or claim they were just joking.
If you recognize any of these signs in your partner, you must realize that this is not normal. These signs are associated with emotional and mentally abusive relationships. You may not be harmed physically, but this abuse can take a significant toll on your mental health.
Abusive relationships hardly ever start with physical abuse and instead begin with mental and emotional abuse. This then rapidly leads to verbal abuse and then to physical abuse. Recognizing these signs can help you to get out of an abusive situation. You can also help someone to get out of one.