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  1. I don't know if I should bring it up to my family doctor or my therapist... I brought it up to my therapist in passing and we didn't expand on that, but I feel like I'm having physical effects from the memories of the past year in particular. I believe my husband is narcissistic and was emotionally abusive to me... I feel like I should feel relief during the divorce process, but I continue to have disturbed sleep, feeling like I'm back in the moments of being bullied, and extreme fear at even seeing his family members texting to check on me. Also, I lost about thirty pounds before leaving my h
  2. Many of you know the story of my life. I can’t seem to place my dad on a level of abuse scale. He did deny us necessities of life like food and clothing . He heaped mental and emotional abuse on us but 99% of the physical abuse was saved for our mom. He did try to sexually fondle me once but saw the look of horror on my face immediately stopped and never did it again. ( non of my family knows that detail) He committed parental kidnapping. I have no emotional feeling about any of it most of the time due to treatment, occasionally I get angry when he adds strife to my life. I feel though
  3. I have practically no contact with my mother and any contact I do have is her emotionally abusing me, it's been on and off like this since I was 5 and my parents split and I moved in with my dad- when I was younger physical abuse too. I've lived with my dad since and he seemed to stop caring or 'parenting' me around 1-3 years ago. He is also emotionally abusive. I want to not care about my relationship with them but somehow I always do and just continually end up upset, it's effecting my personal life more and more. What can I do to stop caring?
  4. Hi, Does this sound like an emotionally abusive relationship? 2.5 year relationship (cohabitated for a year) - 30 me (F) and 32 (M). Actually met through his cousin 3 years ago, his cousin always liked me and wanted to be with me but we ended up having a connection and got into a serious relationship instead. Now I’m doubting our connection my sister said he seems emotionally abusive, but she’s always been known to be over dramatic. Examples of things that make me unhappy in this relationship: - Secretive conversations will his female friends (would have video calls with the
  5. Long story short. Enjoyed the company of a 'friend' who I think, might have been emotionally abusive. I didn't realise it at the time, but i endured yelling, put downs and humiliation in front of others. Their behaviour suddenly turned around at one point, and i took this as a clue that they were romantically attracted to me, like i was to them. Then suddenly this person leaves without a goodbye and i have never heard from them again. I feel used, disrespected and a fool (why wasn't i smarter?). This hurt me as i thought i cared about this person, thought i was building a rapport with them
  6. I recently got out of an emotionally abusive relationship and was moving on nicely until a month later a saw that my ex was in a relationship on facebook. I suddenly felt obligated to warn her. He blocked me on facebook shortly after (probably to keep me quiet), and I blocked his number. I feel that I should message his girlfriend and warn her of the abuse I experienced and to look for signs. Should I go forward with the message or leave it be?
  7. I've been writing about my life, and it's made me revisit the past. Injustices. Emotionally abusive relationships. Rape even. Parental neglect. Narcissistic parent. And suddenly, I've become so internally anger. Yes I know to visit a therapist- I will. Yes I also know anger can be a positive thing, it means one step towards healing. And yes I know anger is probably repressed hurt. What I dont know how to do is cope with it. I live with someone and can't comfortably punch my pillow in private. I'm already writing about it. It's just all consuming. I wasn't ready for this. Have you ever ha
  8. Hey there everyone. I'm currently in a teaching practicum and am very stressed I won't pass. I failed my previous one but was able to repeat. This time around I am doing a lot better but I can't get it out of my head that I don't deserve this and it's not real. I think the biggest issue was that I was in an emotionally abusive relationship during my failed practicum. At that time I felt like I couldn't event function as a human being. Now that the relationship is over I feel like myself again but I still very much have some scars that are holding me back, it's very much the way I'm thinki
  9. About 2 months ago my husband left me. Are marriage was a very bad marriage, We have been together since I was 16 years old he was my high school sweat heart, and my first and only. We have been married for 6 years and together 12 years. In the past several years he was diagnosed with bipolar and been on and off again with his meds. We had a lot of very good times but some severely bad times. He was severely mentally and emotional abusive. He had hit me several times and raped me back in January. Even after he left we have fought a lot about the custody of are 5 year old child. Now things a
  10. Me and my ex were together for six years from we were 16. Almost three years ago I made a terrible rash decision and went with another man and the relationship ended and I really hurt him. During this relationship he tried to contact me told me he missed me etc but I felt so trapped in what turned out to be an emotionally abusive relationship with a sociopath. It has destroyed my life. I have not stopped thinking about my ex for three years and miss him so much and I have never told him. I hate myself for what I did and it is my biggest ever regret. Only recently my ex got engaged and it has c
  11. I would like to know will a or has there been any rocky/complicated relationship that last? For example. Two person is in a relationship and the relationship is very one sided with the female putting on a mask hardly ever put in any effort / doesn't care about the relationship / taking the relationship for granted / not respecting it / being selfish / emotionally abusive but the male as dumb as it is would keep holding on to the relationship with strong beliefs that there's another side to the relationship and she would at some point take off the mask. I know this might sound like a ch
  12. Last night, I spent the night at my friends house. They're siblings brother and sister. They're 17. But turn 18 this year. I don't care that they turn 18 this year. No one should get treated like this. Parents shouldn't treat their kids like this. While I was over at their house, their dad told them "Do the world a favor and both of you kill yourself. And go self harm." One of them suffers with suicidal thoughts. Whenever I am at their house, I will hear him say things such as this. When they were younger(I've known them since elementary school) their dad would physically hurt them with b
  13. Me and my boyfriend were together in total for 2 years. Our relationship was on and off throughout this time. Always him to be the one to break up (this happened twice), but about a week ago I finally ended the relationship for good. A pattern would occur, he'd distance himself from me until the point we'd break up. We would only meet once a week, despite living a 10 minute walk from each other's houses and we only went out 3 times in the whole 2 years on a date. These are the reasons why I think I could have been in an emotionally abusive relationship: 1. Whenever we would argue (very
  14. I'm 31 yrs old n have been with my bf 8 yrs. We have a 7 yr old daughter together. We recently separated but my ex begs me to come home n i did once but part of me wants to stay part of mewants to leave. Yea xcheated on me several times n it wasn't just one night stands. He was also emotionally abusive and when he gets mad throws stuff at me. Actually almost broke my nose once. Anyways he has a good jobbut isn't good w money at all he feels that if he wants something he should b able to get it even if it means not paying a bill. He swears he's going to change and at first he seems like he is b
  15. Two months NC out of a relationship with a lot of manipulation and emotional abuse and control but finding it hard to let go, he was the first guy I got really physical with and its left me kind of reeling. I'm trying to process through what I did wrong and I'm so hurt that he was able to ditch me so easily and want him to say sorry but I'm assuming there is someone else in the picture. I really would like to be able to talk to someone on skype or something it's killing me mentally and I don't know how to move on. Didn't want to add too many details in case he came across this.
  16. I enjoyed being with him the first few years, he was from a different culture, I found it all so interesting. Years later he showed he had no respect for me. He would sometimes pretend to play fight, which was actually about humiliating me, he would be walking behind and shove my shoulders with his hands, almost tripping me. Everyone would stare. I got upset, he said you could have done it back, stop being a victim again, it was a joke. I would try and have a conversation in a restaurant about a problem, he would talk about womens bodies really loudly, use the word c*ck, t*ts, put his fist
  17. My partner's sister is abusive to her husband. I have not witnessed physical abuse, but it wouldn't surprise me. He has no freedom to do what he wants to do, other than go to work. She says when he can and cannot eat and drink, yells at him to do her bidding, and yells at him after he finishes and inevitableydoes it wrong. I have never seen her thank him, or even say a kind word to him. I can't stand watching how thier children flinch when she tells him how worthless he is. At Christmas he buys her the "wrong" gifts and she yells at him for it. We are currently on a family trip and celebrate
  18. I know a lot of people are going to tell me to just except it and learn to like it. Trust me I've been trying. I'm 26 I've been in over a dozen emotionally abusive relationships been cheated on. Even the "good" one a turned out crazy. I got so used to being the victim. Getting cheated on. Lied to. Accused of cheating and now I'm with a guy so far five months together that I feel in love with but I hate that he doesn't have a dark side or trust issues to say the least. I like broken people because I am broken but I've been strong. The guy I'm with doesn't date a lot he was single for five year
  19. Hi there, posting because something's up with me, after a devastating few years of emotional abuse and toxic workplace I have moved on and begun to meet nice people again at work and out of work But I'm aware of a fear of letting them get close to me, hoping it'll get easier with practice I feel uncomfortable when people around me are loose, relaxed and having fun, feel like I'd prefer them to be unfriendly, aloof and formal, I feel uncomfortable when people are fooling around and want me to join in I guess it'll get easier with time.... I had become accustomed to not trusting people and k
  20. Hey everyone. My girlfriend of 18 months has recently just broke up with me (at the end of my year in university, obviously it is the best time for it to happen) and I'm not really here to discuss the details of it. We were both pretty bad to each other in terms of emotional abuse and just in general an apparent miss-match, well to some degree of course. Now we both felt we were in love at one point at least but we went through some trouble last year (which was decently serious I suppose). And it isn't something I want to discuss as it is sensitive to not only myself, but everyone else t
  21. I broke up with my boyfriend 3 weeks ago. He was sweet as pie throughout our relationship. We broke up and he moved out because he didn't want to get a job and work. When he left he became emotionally abusive and began to lie about me around town.Two days ago I found out I am 6 weeks pregnant. I dreaded telling him beause I just knew he would be mean. I told him the day I found out. He acted okay and was dry about it. He called back the next day and told me that he is moving to California and I need to co parent with his mother. I told him No and he began to curse me out and say emotionally a
  22. So to make this brief, I've known a woman for many years; most of them spent acting as a close friend and confidant, often offering advice, a shoulder to cry on, or simply an ear when she needed someone to listen to her. We've had feelings for one another for the lion's share of that time, but we were never able to act upon those until comparatively recently. We quickly realized that we're a lot a like; we think alike, have the same interests, and even have very similar overall life goals. Frankly we even know what the other is thinking the vast majority of the time, and this often lead into c
  23. Tomorrow to Valentine's Day marked a very special time for myself and my ex - kind of like am anniversary. I'm terrified as to how I'm going to cope because I know how happy I was last year and the years before. I know people will say to stay busy - It won't stop the pain. I'm trying to stop thinking about the breakup it's been 3 months and 2 months 0 contact. Im still really struggling And I'm not ready to face these landmarks. Im at the start of the healing process better than I used to be - I don't cry daily anymore or want him back - but I'm still very sad over it and I wonder how someo
  24. Hello, I’m hoping for some advice about whether it is viable to find some way to successfully stay in a relationship with someone who has severe avoidant attachment tendencies. We have been together for 5 months and he admits he has trust and intimacy issues which he blames on his ex (but which I feel are from childhood which was quite emotionally abusive). The atachment issues only became apparent once we were already in a relationship as he was fine for the first few weeks and then started to display quite obviously sabotaging and distancing behaviors. Our relationship has been rocky.
  25. I wanted to share my story about my relationship with my ex-boyfriend, I'll call him Mark. We met at university, we were in the same friendship group. Mark was the shy, nerdy, awkward scientist guy in our friendship group who never had any luck with girls and never knew what to say. I was in a long-term relationship with a guy at a different university, Patrick, at the time (we were together for seven years in total). I knew Mark fancied me (our mutual friends used to mention it to me) and so I was always a bit careful not to lead him on. But, as we were in the same friendship group, slowly o
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