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 psychological 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 control through psychological imprisonment. Example of these is: (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 most through isolation, when one is being cutoff from family and friends to gain control. Some diagnoses that can transpire from psychological damage: Low Self-Esteem, Dependent Personality, Depression among a few. Professional help should be sought when any of these signs are present.