The Effects Of Emotional Abuse

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When a person thinks of abuse, physical, or sexual abuse is the first thing to pop into their minds. Abuse, and abusive behavior can be defined as wrong or improper use or action, or using harsh, insulting language (abusive). However, another type of abuse is psychological or emotional abuse. Emotional, or psychological abuse, is described as emotional neglect or any sort of mental maltreatment of children, which includes, but is not limited to: not allowing the child to have the chance to develop socially, convincing a child that their own self-worth is not of any importance, or putting the child down continuously with words or actions. At a young age, emotional abuse can cause children to develop
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It is not seen as morally wrong as sexual or physical abuse; in fact, there are no laws against emotional abuse as there are sexual or physical. Yet some researchers are starting to claim that emotional abuse is having more of a negative effect on children compared to sexual or physical abuse. “Conditions such as depression, general anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, attachment problems, and substance abuse occurred more often after psychological maltreatment, than physical or sexual abuse.” (Nauert). Emotional abuse begins to have a serious impact on the way children see themselves or how they value themselves as they grow up. With the constant, perpetual belittlement and insults being thrown at them, they no longer see themselves as anything besides how the abuser treats them. Emotional abuse being present in sexual or psychical abuse increases the causes of symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicidal tendencies. …show more content…
However, some parents may emotionally and psychologically harm their children because of stress, poor parenting skills, social isolation, lack of available resources or inappropriate expectations of their children. They may emotionally abuse their children because the parents or caregivers were emotionally abused themselves as children.” (Americanhumane.org). While the parents usually continue on the cycle of abuse with their own children, some of the children who grow up break the cycle by striving to become a better parent then their parents were to them. Most parents who continue the cycle continue without knowing that what they’re doing is abuse because it was what they grew up with, they abuse their own children because it was how they grew up; it was how they were handled and how they were treated. Unlike psychical or sexual abuse, what makes emotional abuse so hard for people to recognize is that the emotional abusers might not even be aware of their emotionally abusive

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