When someone is the victim of emotional abuse, they end up being bombarded with stronghold emotions that lead to the destruction of their self-esteem. This abuse is often so subtle that it can be hard to identify before its trauma leaves a scar. One of the number one ways emotionally abusive people assert their faux dominance is through condescension. They do this by minimizing their partner’s accomplishments and taking jabs at their competence in an attempt to dilute their self-worth.
- Passive aggression is a form of indirect hostility that can be hard to pinpoint, because it may masquerade as distracted or forgetful behavior.
- Passive aggression can take the form of subtle insults or consciously ‘forgetting’ to do something.
- Condescension, sullenness and stubbornness can all be wielded as weapons of emotional abuse.
“Emotional abuse is a pattern of behavior used to achieve and maintain power or regain control over another person by systematically punishing them, damaging their self-confidence, or making them lose trust in their own perceptions.”