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Sticks and Stones will Break My Bones: Name-calling in Intimate Relationships
Recently a client told me that his wife frequently calls him an idiot. Another person told me that her partner routinely refers to her as a bitch. At the same time they all felt a sense of hopelessness that they can do anything to change it. With all the important focus on physical and sexual abuse of children and adults, are we losing sight of a more common problem, emotional abuse? Last year, psychiatrist and psychologist Martin Teicher, of Mclean Hospital at Harvard Medical School, published an exciting article on the effects of childhood peer verbal abuse by peers on the mental health of young people. Teicher and his colleagues found verbal abuse by peers resulted in depression, anxiety, anger and hostility and dissociation.
I s your husband or boyfriend incredibly cruel at times? Does he swear, yell and call you names?
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What does verbal abuse sound like? The tone and content varies from abuser to abuser, but the words effect the victim in similar ways. Victims hear horrible things from their abuser and they feel small, withdrawn, angry, helpless, sad, shame, and a hundred other horrible emotions - sometimes all at once. In the beginning of my abusive relationship , I felt anger and stood up for myself which led to loud, circular verbal altercations that had no solutions. Later, after coming to believe that he was my hero, my savior and provider, I felt stupid and wanted to fix myself so he would love me.