Emotional abuse erodes your self-esteem.
All of the above are forms of emotional abuse. When you have been subjected to these and other abuse tactics, over time it damages your self-esteem, weakens your vitality, and causes you to doubt yourself and your ability to determine what’s right and what’s wrong. Granted, most couples argue and sometimes say and do things they regret afterwards. They make apologies and improve their behavior.
By contrast, in emotionally abusive relationships, there is an ongoing pattern of abusive treatment by one partner against the other that can lead the abused one to depression, anxiety, panic attacks, exhaustion, alcohol or drug abuse, over-spending and more. Also, it can contribute to, or cause a variety of health problems. In some relationships, both partners are abusive to each other.