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Psychological Abuse

Often connected with emotional abuse, psychological abuse is the regular and deliberate range of words that were used to confuse, manipulate, hurt, weaken or frighten you.

The effects of psychological abuse can be painful and destructive, both in the short and long-term.

The Hurt

Psychological abuse can be hard to put your finger on because it can change your view of yourself and reality.  It can be so subtle and gradual that it is hard to see through it.  Once you identify it though, you can begin to heal from it.  Psychological abuse may look like gaslighting (making you question your reality), playing mind games, making you feel crazy, isolation from friends and supports, insults, intimidation, making you feel guilty for everything, making threats if you don’t comply, and humiliation. It may look like acting like they have your best interests at heart (violating your boundaries out of concern for your well-being, teaching you a lesson, etc.) but it is really to destabilize you.

You don't have to live in the fog and confusion of psychological abuse any longer.

The Healing

Get support for yourself. A trained therapist will be able to help you identify and validate what you've been through. She can help you heal and reconnect with both yourself and reality outside of the abusive relationship.

The Girl Before by Rena Olsen is a great book for understanding the shift from the brainwashing of psychological abuse to freedom from it.