7 Obvious Signs of an Emotionally Abusive Relationship

Emotional abuse is one of the most elusive types of abuse because it causes no scars on the outside. The pain is on the inside.

But research has found that emotional abuse can be just as damaging as physical and sexual abuse, because it impacts how we think about ourselves. It has a direct impact on our self-esteem. So what are the signs of emotional abuse you should watch for?

Expressions of Love are Withheld as Punishment

As soon as love in any form becomes a bartering chip, you should start examining your relationship closely. Love is something that most people desire and on a basic human level don't want to take from others.

If someone is willing to gamble what love they are receiving and cause you suffering as a means to their ends, you could be headed for stormy seas.

Don't try and raise the stakes and fight fire with fire.

In these situations there is no real way to fight back without becoming a terrible person. As long as you fight them you are participant in their games. Talk to them and inform others of potential trouble. The most efficient and clean way to 'win' is to leave.

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