Psychology is the science of mind and behavior. Psychology includes the study of conscious and unconscious phenomena, as well as feelings and thoughts. It is an academic discipline of immense scope. Psychology is a diverse discipline grounded in science, but with nearly boundless applications in everyday life. Scientific research conducted by psychologists can inform and guide those seeking help with issues that affect their professional lives, family relationships, and emotional wellness (APA).
Psychological abuse involves the regular and deliberate use of a range of words and non-physical actions used with the purpose to manipulate, hurt, weaken or frighten a person mentally and emotionally; and/or distort, confuse or influence a person’s thoughts and actions within their everyday lives, changing their sense of self and harming their wellbeing. This report was funded by the Oak Foundation. Under this umbrella, there are words like, psychological intimidation, psychological abuse, psychologically weak, psychologically dependent, and psychologically imprisoned/isolated, just to name a few. It has been said by many professionals in the psychology field that psychological, mental, and emotional abuse are lifelong injuries and difficult to heal if any.
Signs of psychological abuse: When mind games are played, when one is being subjected to neglect, but the individual is being neglected, or when one is being controlled through psychological imprisonment. Examples of these are: (1) An individual tells you that he/she is in love with you, but you know for a fact that the person is involved with someone else. (2) Your lover tells you that you don’t spend enough time with him, but he is never at home. And (3) This occurs mostly through isolation when one is being cut off from family and friends to gain control. Some diagnoses that can transpire from psychological damage: Low Self-Esteem, Dependent Personality, and Depression among a few. Professional help should be sought when any of these signs are present.