Shannon Thomas of Southlake Christian Counseling, is the author of the new book Healing from Hidden Abuse: A Journey Through the Stages of Recovery from Psychological Abuse. Thomas recently wrote about the signs of emotional abuse in a relationship, and how survivors can escape.
Thomas set out behaviors that are very typical of an abuser:
They use verbal silence and physical withdrawal in order to make you feel rejected and anxious.
They are critical of parts of your life and personality they once praised.
They use social media to make you jealous.
They deny saying and doing things you clearly remember.
They accuse you of being disrespectful when you approach issues about the relationship.