Mental Abuse In Relationships

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Mental Abuse in Relationships
The aim of emotional abuse is to chip away at your feelings of self-worth and independence—leaving you feeling that there’s no way out of the relationship, or that without your abusive partner you have nothing. (Smith, Jeanne) With many teens constantly being mentally/emotionally abused by their partners in the United States. Why don’t they try leaving the relationship? The reason teens aren’t trying to leave their mentally abusive relationship ranges from conflicting emotions, and reliance on the abusive partner (loveisrespect.org). Also, it ranges from Psychological and emotional violence that involves acts such as criticizing or humiliating the victim. Teens in these types of situation are constantly depresses
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According to loveisrespect.org, the conflicting emotions that teens constantly have in a mentally abusive relationship are “Fear, Believing Abuse is Normal, Fear of Being Outed, Embarrassment, Low Self-esteem and Love.” But the most common conflicting emotions are Fear, Believing Abuse is Normal, Low Self-Esteem and Love. Teens who experience fear, maybe afraid of what will happen if they decide to leave the relationship. If the teen has been threatened by their partner, family or friends, they may not feel safe leaving. Teens that believe abuse is normal, perhaps they grow up in an environment where abuse was common, and they may not recognize that their abuse is unhealthy. Teens that’s experience having low self-esteem do to the abuser constantly putting the teen down and blaming them for the abuse. It can be easy for a person with low self-esteem to believe those statements are true and think the abuse is actually their fault. Another conflicting emotion teen’s face is love. Teens may stay in an abusive relationship hoping that their abuser will change. If the abuser keeps telling the victim they might one day chance, it might be enough for that teen to stay. Think about it, if the person you’re in a relationship with tell you they’ll change, you want to believe them. The teen may only want the violence to stop, not for the relationship to end entirely. …show more content…
According to the article on Domestic Violence “Psychological and emotional violence involves acts such as criticizing or humiliating the victim, doing something to make the victim feel embarrassed, isolating the victim from friends and family, damaging the victim’s relationships with his/her children, limiting the victim’s mobility, and threatening the victim’s children. The intent of these and similar actions is to undermine the victim’s sense of self-worth and self-control. Past physical and sexual violence can create a domestic environment of emotional abuse.” The Psychological abuse causes teens to extremely have a lot self esteem and lose self worth. In the article on Domestic Violence, it states “The common denominator in all of these forms of domestic violence is the quest of one partner to dominate or control the other.” This quote states that the abuser only seeks to dominate or control the victim of their

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