We’ve all heard the saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” It’s a lie! Emotional abuse often leaves bruises and scars on the soul that last a lifetime. The first step is to determine whether or not you are in an emotionally abusive relationship.
As we’ve researched and studied this topic, we’ve spoken with couples who have gone through emotional abuse in their own marriages and asked them how they identified the problem.
However, we know that many marriages are struggling and are in desperate need of much more than a little added romance.
We’ve even told you to respond with love when you think “it’s not fair” or “I don’t deserve this.” Now all of this is still great marriage advice for a healthy, safe marriage.People who are abused often feel like it's their fault — that they "asked for it" or that they don't deserve any better. Help your friend understand that it is not his or her fault. The person who is being abusive has a serious problem and needs professional help.A friend who is being abused needs you to listen and support without judging. Your friend also needs your encouragement to get help immediately from an adult, such as a parent, family member, or health professional.We love getting your emails and hearing how real couples are improving, strengthening, and even saving their marriages.There’s just something so incredibly fulfilling about being even a small part of that.