An abusive relationship is not always physical in nature. Emotional abuse can be just as devastating to the victim as physical abuse, often times worse.
What are the signs that warn you that you’re in an emotionally abusive relationship, and what can you do about them?
Warning Signs Of An Abusive Relationship
This article will give you some examples of the kind of situations you need to be aware of and what action you need to take to resolve these issues.
Lack of communication
Warning sign: lack of communication really is the biggest issue of all in any relationship. If one or both of you have stopped communicating, or are having a problem communicating with the other, you’re in an unhealthy situation that may be headed for a full blown abusive relationship.
Communication is the number one, most important element in any successful long lasting relationship. Without being able to discuss your feelings and problems with each other there is absolutely no way you are going to be able to resolve any of the issues either of you have with your relationship.
Fixing a breakdown in communication can be hard, especially if the other person is reluctant to talk about how they feel, or just won’t try. One of you has just got to try and get the other to communicate. If you cannot solve your communication problem it would be better if you both just walked away from such an unhealthy environment before it escalates into an abusive relationship.
Feelings of being taken for granted
Warning sign: one, or both of you have the feeling that the other is just taking you for granted. One of you is doing all the work to keep the relationship together and the other is doing nothing except taking advantage. Again this is a critical sign of an abusive relationship in the making, and you need to both sit down and discuss your feelings with each before it is too late.
Warning sign: intimate relations have ceased or become very infrequent. The cuddling and holding of each other has stopped. You are no longer making love or if you are still making love, one or both of you, are not enjoying it anymore. Now it is possible to still have a good relationship without sex, but if this is the issue, once again you both need to sit down and talk it out before the relationship becomes abusive.
Fear of loss
Many people remain in an emotionally abusive relationship even though they know that they should get out. One of the things that stops them from walking away, other than having children, is the fear of being on their own again.
But what these people don’t realize is that by staying in an abusive relationship and living in an environment full of negative emotions, they are damaging themselves and the others around them. This damage
can also spill over into their working environment and their relations with their co-workers. In extreme cases it can even hamper their career prospects.
So if the signs are evident that you are heading for, or are already in an abusive relationship, you and your partner/spouse need to take steps to resolve the matter sooner rather than later and remember the key to a healthy relationship is COMMUNICATION.