What if your first boyfriend was manipulating and emotionally abusing you without you even knowing it? Unfortunately, this happens more than you think. Emotional abuse is very different than physical and does not have to happen in a relationship (boyfriend/ girlfriend). It can happen with a parent or friend with only their words.
Emotional abuse is not to be taken lightly. It is important to know that emotional abuse is not when someone breaks up with you, yells or raises their voice. Often times, the person being abused doesn't even know it. They believe all problems are their fault, even when it's not, and mold themselves to what their partner wants them to be changing who they are and often times, isolating them from friends and family members.
Emotional abusers will criticize and manipulate someone to do things they want.
They will shame and blame someone with verbal abuse often yelling with hostility.
They will name call, refuse to communicate and isolate someone from their closest relatives and friends.
These are just a few small examples of emotional abuse. It may seem small, but if you know someone going through this, please reach out and help them by supporting and encouraging them to seek help. The best thing you can do, is support them.
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My First Boyfriend Emotionally Abused Me
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