The purpose of emotional abuse is to chip away at your feelings of self-worth and independence. Victims of emotional abuse may feel that there is no way out of the relationship or that without your abusive partner you have nothing. Emotional abuse includes verbal abuse such as yelling, name-calling, blaming, and shaming. Isolation, intimidation, and controlling behavior also fall under emotional abuse. Additionally, abusers who use emotional or psychological abuse often throw in threats of physical violence or other repercussions if you don’t do what they want. Above all, be healthy. If you recognize emotional abuse in your marriage, seek professional services and surround yourself with loving and trustworthy ones. Make sure your spiritual home is equipped to sustain you in the difficult season instead of deepening the pain.
If you feel like you are being metaphorically beaten down emotionally, you are being emotionally abused. If your spouse tears you down instead of building you up, you are being emotionally abused. Talk to a priest, to a pastor, or some other religious figure in your life that can help, or go to the authorities for help. There are also many resources online that can help you.