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Hidden emotional abuse inside your home2 min read

Hidden emotional abuse inside your home2 min read

Does your family see the same person your friends and co-workers see?

When people look at you, they see someone that is strong,  friendly, and calm but inside your home, you are the complete opposite. What you put on social media has nothing to do with your life. We live in an age of envy; family envy, media envy, holiday envy, but the real troubles and sadness only come to light behind closed doors.

Outside of your household you probably receive many comments maybe from your boss, passersby, co-workers, online, etc. Perhaps these comments are not friendly at all. Usually, a person will control themselves and will not shout at their boss nor contribute to road rage. For example, when you’re outside, in a moment of frustration, you don’t say anything, because you don’t want to add to rage, cause misunderstandings, or lose your job. You let it go, but as soon as you get to your house, you take out your frustrations on your family. Whether directly or indirectly, it happens.

These frustrations that are aimed toward your family can turn into emotional abuse. It’s silent and can cause anxiety and depression in your household. Would you consider yourself to be one that emotionally abuses their family? Perhaps your answer is an absolute NO. Some families don’t have this problem at home, but every now and then, they find yourself saying bad comments to loved ones when in fact is triggered by frustration.

Nobody wants to realize they are causing this type of abuse to their family.
Below are various examples of emotional abuse. Ask yourself if you are doing any of the following list:

Emotional Abuse signs:

  • Rejecting: denying a person’s value or presence and communicating devaluing thoughts and feelings
  • Degrading, ridiculing, insulting or name-calling to lessen the self-worth and dignity of another person. Humiliating someone in public or responding to a senior as if he or she is not capable of making decisions.
  • Terrorizing-threatening to leave and forcing someone to watch violence toward a family member
  • Isolating, physically confining or limiting another’s freedoms. These restricting behaviors include denying personal contact with others and controlling someone else’s financial affairs.
  • Exploiting someone’s personal rights and social needs or using another person for profit or advantage.

Verbal Abuse:

  • Name-calling
  • Nagging
  • Ridiculing
  • Trivializing
  • Belittling
  • Disparaging comments disguised as “jokes”

If you recognize you have been causing emotional abuse to those who are close to you, visit The Universal Church and ask about our Family meetings. Invest in yourself, your family and your love life.

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