Monday, August 1, 2011

Are You Dating An Emotionally Abusive Man?

Have you experienced emotional abuse in past relationships? How can you tell if you are in an emotionally abusive relationship? Where does expressing anger and/or frustration turn into emotional abuse? What is the difference between constructive and destructive criticism?

Feeling 'less than', like you have to prove yourself to your partner or being constantly defensive in your relationship are all sighs that you are experiencing or have experienced emotional abuse somewhere.

Sometimes recognizing emotional abuse can be hard. Because a lot of us grew up experiencing it, so we think that it is normal. The problem is, over the course of a relationship emotional abuse eats away at our self esteem and sense of self. It erodes our confidence and can leave us defensive, insecure and unsure of ourselves. This costs us big time. Because even if the emotionally abusive relationship ends we still carry the scars with us into our next relationship. 

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