So, what IS emotional abuse, really?

  • criticizing
  • embarrassing
  • manipulating
  • shaming
  • blaming
  • minimizing
  • discounting
  • dismissing
  • depriving
  • gaslighting

...and denying their rights, needs, wants, thoughts, feelings AND equality.

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many people do not recognize emotional abuse.

If it's not a name that screams "I love you, you're amazing," maybe take a step back and consider what it DOES scream. Is it a put-down? Is it mean or rude under the guise of being funny or cute? Is it straight-up embarrassing? Does it hurt your feelings? Disrepectful. Demeaning. And definitely not OK.
Telling you how you feel and what you think (gaslighting)
Are they in your head and body? If they aren't, they cannot tell you how you feel, or what you think. They will try, and they will cause you to start second-guessing yourself until YOU don't know how you feel and what you think!
Overtalking and not listening
If you can't get a word in edgewise, and thus can never express yourself, your person does not value you enough to listen. Are your feelings not heard or cared for? That's another big red flag. You deserve to be valued in your relationships. And there needs to be equality.
"I've never met anyone as incredible as you," they say, on your first date. "Let's get married and have a houseful of kids," they offer after a week of chatting online. The whole purpose of love-bombing is to suck you in to a vortex of untruth by appealing to your vulnerabilities, and exploiting them.
Infantilizing and belittling
Are you treated like a child? As though you are incapable of doing things yourself? Do they put down your ideas or feelings with a "there, there, I'll take care of it," attitude? Or talk down to you as though you can't understand grown-up language? Ugh. Enough already,.
Smirks & the Silent Treatment
Are you left hanging after a conflict? They just walk away without a word, and don't talk to you for weeks even when you're in the same room? Or do they look at you with "that look" that says all the horrible things they are thinking, and expresses their contempt for you?
Dr. Rhoberta Shaler

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Dr. Shaler particularly helps the partners, exes, and adult children of the relentlessly difficult, toxic people she calls Hijackals® to save their sanity and stop the crazy-making. She defines Hijackals as “people who hijack relationships–for their own purposes–while relentlessly scavenging them for power, status, and control.”

Rhoberta offers the insights, strategies, and support you need to reclaim hope, confidence–and your sanity–when dealing with the constant uncertainty and jaw-dropping behaviors of Hijackals in your life, at home and at work.

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How did you get here?

It’s difficult to admit–to yourself and to others –that you are being emotionally abused.

Putting up with it often seems like a less embarrasing alternative to acknowledging that we're being treated poorly.

Perhaps, you had a difficult childhood - it's what's familiar and feels like the "love" you received growing up. NO! It isn’t. It’s abuse.

Maybe, you are sufficiently trauma-bonded to even have sympathy for your abuser. That’s a big red flag that you need to see the emotional abuse for what it is, and take steps to stop tolerating it.

It also can be difficult to redefine the parent or partner who is perpetrating the emotional abuse as abusive. You don’t want to think of them that way, or you care more about their reputation than your own emotional safety.

I know those are tough words to hear.

Emotional abuse becomes a way of life that you manage within, all the while trying to do everything the abuser wants.

You think that will make them happy, secure, stable, and kind. It won’t. Emotional abusers are seldom interested in changing themselves because they have a NEED to control. (Sorry. The most likely change is that they get worse.)

Recognize the many sneaky and obvious ways that you may being emotionally abused. On my Save Your Sanity podcast and my YouTube channel, there’s so much for you. I hope you’ll listen, watch, recognize, and know that NO ONE has the right to abuse you. 

I’m here to help you gain insights, skills, and strategies to help you say NO! to further emotional abuse. Please start today. You deserve to live without abuse!

You can break the bonds of emotional abuse. You deserve to live free of that burden and weight.

I have created 100s of videos and podcast episodes all about emotional abuse and the different ways it shows up... and what you can do about it, to reclaim your power and rebuild your life.

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