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10 Signs of Mental and Emotional Abuse

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How many women have been told: “At least he doesn’t hit you?” While physical and sexual abuse are horrific situations, mental and emotional abuse can be just as devastating. The most painful thing about this kind of abuse is that in so many cases, it is never even validated and is dismissed as being “emotional.”

In a monogamous relationship, you commit to one person. That person’s opinion of you is the only one that matters. Fifty guys may tell you that you are beautiful. But, you believe the one who has your heart. If he doesn’t make you feel beautiful, then in your mind, you are not. People who are mentally and emotionally abusive use this power to torment you. They won’t leave you. They just stay there and whittle away at your self-esteem, confidence and dignity. The sad part is, the internal scars manifest themselves in every aspect of your life, causing you to self-destruct. Your abuser doesn’t care and in most cases won’t even notice. Mental and emotional abuse is real. If you are in this situation, please get help.

 Here are 10 signs of mental and emotional abuse: 

1.   Humiliation in front of others or being placed in humiliating situations

2.   Communication that is vague and unclear

3.    Disregard for opinions, ideas, suggestions, or needs

4.    Accusations of being “too sensitive” to avoid addressing the issue

5.    Consistently overstepping boundaries and ignoring requests

6.    Emotionally distant or emotionally unavailable 

7.    Lack of empathy or concern

8.    Not attentive to the relationship

9.    Severe neglect and lack of response 

10.  Breaks promises and commitments


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Valante M. Grant is the founder of The byDesign Network. She has built a network that encompasses broadcast media, audio and video production, copy writing and graphic design. Her primary creative focus is customization. Her philosophy is that every human being is one of God’s designer originals. She uses her creativity to design a life that fulfills her purpose and helps others reach their destiny. Valante will share her message of encouragement on her blog. Valante resides in the Chicago metropolitan area. Her inspiration is her daughter, Vanyce.


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