Emotional abuse is a feature of all abusive marriages and is far more pervasive and damaging than many people realise. When abuse is solely emotional, with no financial, sexual, social, physical or spiritual abuse along with it, victims find it immensely difficult to identify what is being to done to them. And most bystanders will be completely blind to what is going on as well as there are no ‘marks’, no physical injuries, and the abuser imposes very few social or financial controls on the victim that might be ‘give-aways’ to an astute bystander.
The colorless, odorless gas called carbon-monoxide is poisonous to the body; the invisibility of emotional abuse makes it particularly poisonous to the soul. There is a good the article about emotional abuse called The Silent Killer of Christian Marriages, by Amy Wildman White. The article downloads as a PDF.
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