Emotional abuse is subjecting a person to psychological trauma through psychological means. Often the victim doesn’t even realize he/she is being emotionally abused. The people involved in these are really good at understanding the other person’s psychology thus attacking the weak points.

Unlike physical abuse, emotional abuse does not leave behind scars or other physical evident. But the effects can be so devastating and can leave lifelong psychological and emotional damage on the victims.

It has always been a challenge in identifying victims of emotional abuse because the definition of emotion/psychological abuse is unclear. The victim quite often doesn’t see the mistreatment as abusive due to a lack of awareness. In some cases, neither the abuser nor the victim is fully aware they are in an abusive relationship.

Very often, emotional abuse creeps in the victim’s life slowly and gradually and eats away their self-worth. It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms in the early stage to prevent further damage to the person’s life.

There are are at least 15 types of emotional abuse, centered around the same theme, denying dignity and worth to the person being abused. It is really the old concept from our childhood, if I want to see myself as more than, I have to see you as less than.

Take a look at some of these triggers and know when you are actually being abuse psychologically and emotionally.

As you can see, the abuser/bully needs to control the victim’s thinking, behavior, and self-image. He has no power over her without her submission or fear. Abusers are typically very good at identifying people with low self-esteem, people who were victimized by a parent, or are financially dependent and physically incapable of fighting back.

Now that you know the signs, always be on the watch to identifying when you are actually being victimized emotionally and psychologically.