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Encyclopedia > Psychological abuse

Psychological abuse refers to the humiliation or intimidation of another person, but is also used to refer to the long-term effects of emotional shock. Humiliation is literally the act of being made humble, or reduced in standing or prestige. ... Intimidation is generally used in the meaning of criminal threatening. ... For other uses, see Emotion (disambiguation). ...

Psychological abuse can take the form of physical intimidation, controlling through scare tactics and oppression. It is often associated with situations of power imbalance, such perhaps as the situations of abusive relationships and child abuse; however, it can also take place on larger scales, such as Group psychological abuse, racial oppression and bigotry. A more "mild" case might be that of workplace abuse. Workplace abuse is a large cause of workplace-related stress, which in turn is a strong cause of illness, both physical and mental. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Relational aggression. ... Child abuse is the physical, sexual, or emotional maltreatment or neglect of children by parents, guardians, or others. ... Group psychological abuse refers to groups where methods of psychological abuse are frequently or systematically used on their members. ... Because racism carries connotations of race-based bigotry, prejudice, violence, oppression, stereotyping or discrimination, the term has varying and often hotly contested definitions. ... Oppress is the negative outcome experienced by people targeted by the cruel exercise of power in a society or social group. ... A bigot is a prejudiced person who is intolerant of opinions, lifestyles, or identities differing from his or her own. ... In medical terms, stress is the disruption of homeostasis through physical or psychological stimuli. ... A mental illness or mental disorder refers to one of many mental health conditions characterized by distress, impaired cognitive functioning, atypical behavior, emotional dysregulation, and/or maladaptive behavior. ...

There need not be an agitator for psychological abuse to occur — one can undergo self-abuse, as in the case of someone who is a depressive, or self-mutilation. Clinical depression (also called major depressive disorder, or unipolar depression when compared to bipolar disorder) is a state of intense sadness, melancholia or despair that has advanced to the point of being disruptive to an individuals social functioning and/or activities of daily living. ... Self-harm (SH) is deliberate injury to ones own body. ...

Any situation in which the repeated and extreme impact of a situation affects a person's emotional and rational thinking, in such a way as to adversely impact their later lives, could be termed as psychological abuse at some level.

Psychotherapy and psychiatric methods can help some people overcome the negative effects of abuse, given time and a healing environment. Psychotherapy is an interpersonal, relational intervention used by trained psychotherapists to aid clients in problems of living. ... Psychiatry is a medical specialty dealing with the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of the mind and mental illness. ...

See also

Emotional abuse refers to a long-term situation in which one person uses his or her power or influence to adversely affect the mental well-being of another. ... Harassment refers to a wide spectrum of offensive behavior. ...

External links

  • "BULLYING BY PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND BODIES" - case taken to the European Court of Human Rights / Council of Europe
  • Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma at Alliant International University
  • Workplace Bulling and Mobbing Resources

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Psychological abuse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (315 words)
Psychological abuse refers to the humiliation or intimidation of another person, but is also used to refer to the long-term effects of emotional shock.
Workplace abuse is a large cause of workplace-related stress, which in turn is strong cause of illness, both physical and mental (see battered woman syndrome).
Another specialized form of abuse, known as 'gaslighting,' derives its name from two movies of the early 1940s, in which an attempt is made to cause a woman to question her sanity, due to tricks and reality distortion caused by trusted people around her.
Elder Abuse and Neglect: In Search of Solutions (3994 words)
Sometimes the abuse is a continuation of long-standing patterns of physical or emotional abuse within the family.
Elder abuse is the infliction of physical, emotional, or psychological harm on an older adult.
Because most abuse occurs in the home by family members or caregivers, there needs to be a concerted effort to educate the public about the special needs and problems of the elderly and about the risk factors for abuse.
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