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Puppets of Emotional Abuse

EMOTIONAL ABUSE

Puppets of Emotional Abuse

“I’m not saying it’s gonna be easy, but I don’t

think you can carry on like this.

I mean, you can. Of course you can,

but it has a price.

I think sometimes we just have to risk it.

Live the way we feel.

And you know, it might not turn out well…

… sometimes it doesn’t turn out well at all.

But we have to try. We have to keep on trying.

Otherwise, we just become puppets.

All painted smiles, bare inside.

Nothing.

But jealous.

Anyway, if you miss him more than enough…”

I couldn’t resist sharing this quote spoken by Magdalena in the film, Little Ashes.

SADNESS

It is human to experience states of depression evolved from life situations.
This quote acknowlegdes the pain & suffering experienced when having to let go of a lover/relationship.

Factors that may increase the chance of depression

  • Abuse. Past physical, sexual, or emotional abuse can cause depression later in life.
  • Certain medications. For example, some drugs used to treat high blood pressure, such as beta-blockers or reserpine, can increase your risk of depression.
  • Conflict. Depression may result from personal conflicts or disputes with family members or friends.
  • Death or a loss. Sadness or grief from the death or loss of a loved one, though natural, can also increase the risk of depression.
  • Genetics. A family history of depression may increase the risk. It’s thought that depression is passed genetically from one generation to the next. The exact way this happens, though, is not known.
  • Major events. Even good events such as starting a new job, graduating, or getting married can lead to depression. So can moving, losing a job or income, getting divorced, or retiring.
  • Other personal problems. Problems such as social isolation due to other mental illnesses or being cast out of a family or social group can lead to depression.
  • Serious illnesses. Sometimes depression co-exists with a major illness or is a reaction to the illness.
  • Substance abuse. Nearly 30% of people with substance abuse problems also have major or clinical depression.

Emotional abuse is surfacing in the media, bringing awareness to bullying in schools and the grim reality that more and more victims of such abuse develop Major Depression leading to acts of Suicide.

Emotional abuse is characterized by a person subjecting or exposing another to verbal abusive behavior.  A behavior associated with situations of power imbalance, such as abusive relationship, bullying/cyber-bullying, child abuse and in the work place.

Emotionally abusive traits / tactics:

  • Intimidation
  • Threatening Physical harm to self, partner, children, partner’s family/friends
  • Destruction of pets/property
  • Forcing isolation from family, friends, school or work
  • Insults
  • Putdowns
  • Gaslighting – presenting false information to the victim with intent of making them doubt their own memory & perception
If you have been exposed to such behavior, please seek help and talk about it.  Depending on the situation we can learn how to react.  Such as leaving the relationship, filter the hurt into power for self-love and fuel to succeed, etc…

Image Artist: Dali
Puppet Artist: Unknown

Reference: webmd
Quoted from Source:  http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/causes-depression

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