55 Emotional Abuse Quotes and Sayings to Help with Your Healing

55 Emotional Abuse Quotes and Sayings to Help with Your Healing
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Tripboba.com - A lot of people suffer from emotional abuse, so if you’re one amongst many survivors, know that you’re not alone. In this segment, Tripboba has compiled some powerful, eye-opening emotional abuse quotes for anyone going on the healing from psychological abuse. Keep scrolling and you’ll find that you’re worthy of love, so don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and quit from anything abusive.

Mental abuse quotes

Have a look at these inspiring emotional abuse quotes and stop making excuses for the abuse you’ve suffered.

Deep emotional abuse quotes

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  • “Some scars don't hurt. Some scars are numb. Some scars rid you of the capacity to feel anything ever again.” ― Joyce Rachelle
  • “It is not the the bruises on the body that hurt. It is the wounds of the heart and the scars on the mind.” ― Aisha Mirza
  • “Sometimes, it is how you shine in the darkness during other people's misery that is remembered more than anything you could have said or done when you have suffered just as much.” ― Shannon L. Alder
  • “I hope you see what you've done to me.” ― Matthew Little, Hell in a Basket
  • "Family is supposed to be our safe haven. Very often, it's the place where we find the deepest heartache." ― Iyanla Vanzant
  • "You survived the abuse, you’re going to survive the recovery." ― Mariska Hargitay
  • "It is impossible to correct abuses unless we know that theyre going on." ― Julian Assange
  • “Even after the bruises disappear, the scars inside you are still there.” ― J.W. Lynne, The Unknown
  • “Putting up with an abusive person is like living with a pig in a pigsty and pretending not to care about the smell.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson, The Book of Maxims, Poems and Anecdotes
  • “She looked at him like it physically hurt her not to speak, and yet she stayed silent.” ― Dennis Sharpe, First Boy
  • “Talking to his father made Dill feel like he was talking to a sentient brick wall that somehow knew about Jesus.” ― Jeff Zentner, The Serpent King

Emotional abuse quotes sayings

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  • “Invalidating someone else is not merely disagreeing with something that the other person said. It is a process in which individuals communicate to another that the opinions and emotions of the target are invalid, irrational, selfish, uncaring, stupid, most likely insane, and wrong, wrong, wrong. Invalidators let it be known directly or indirectly that their targets views and feelings do not count for anything to anybody at any time or in any way.” ― David M. Allen
  • “Trauma is personal. It does not disappear if it is not validated. When it is ignored or invalidated the silent screams continue internally heard only by the one held captive. When someone enters the pain and hears the screams healing can begin.” ― Danielle Bernock, Emerging With Wings: A True Story of Lies, Pain, And The LOVE that Heals
  • “So often survivors have had their experiences denied, trivialized, or distorted. Writing is an important avenue for healing because it gives you the opportunity to define your own reality. You can say: This did happen to me. It was that bad. It was the fault & responsibility of the adult. I was—and am—innocent.” The Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass & Laura Davis” ― Ellen Bass, The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
  • “The damage and invisible scars of emotional abuse are very difficult to heal, because memories are imprinted on our minds and hearts and it takes time to be restored. Imprints of past traumas do not mean a person cannot change their future beliefs and behaviors. as people, we do not easily forget. However, as we heal, grieve, and let go, we become clear-minded and focused to live restore and emotionally healthy.” ― Dee Brown, Breaking Passive-Aggressive Cycles
  • “Abuse grows from attitudes and values, not feelings. The roots are ownership, the trunk is entitlement, and the branches are control.” ― Lundy Bancroft, Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
  • "There are many types of emotional abuse but most is done in an attempt to control or subjugate another person. Emotional abuse is like brainwashing in that it systematically wears away at the victim's self-confidence, sense of self, trust in her perceptions and self-concept." ― Beverly Engel
  • "People say you need to be strong, smart, and lucky to survive hard times, war, a natural disaster, or physical torture. But I say emotional abuse—anxiety, fear, guilt, and degradation—is far worse and much harder to survive." ― Lisa See
  • "Emotional abuse is any type of abuse that is not physical in nature. It can include everything from verbal abuse to the silent treatment, domination to subtle manipulation." ― Beverly Engel
  • "Screaming at children over their grades, especially to the point of the child's tears, is child abuse, pure and simple. It's not funny and it's not good parenting. It is a crushing, scarring, disastrous experience for the child. It isn't the least bit funny." ― Ben Stein
  • "Screaming at children over their grades, especially to the point of the child's tears, is child abuse, pure and simple. It's not funny and it's not good parenting. It is a crushing, scarring, disastrous experience for the child. It isn't the least bit funny." ― Ben Stein
  • "The results of any traumatic experience, such as abuse, can only be resolved by experiencing, articulating, and judging every facet of the original experience within a process of careful therapeutic disclosure." ― Alice Miller

Mental and emotional abuse quotes

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  • "The pattern often has been entrenched since childhood... [abusive people] don't think that there is anything wrong with them because that is the way they were brought up in their family." ― Gary Chapman
  • "My Struggles is a record close to me. It's about what I went through at home living with an abusive father." ― Missy Elliot
  • "When I was growing up, the men in my life were abusive; women were the ones I ran to for comfort." ― Kevyn Aucoin
  • "I grew up in an abusive home and was told on a daily basis by my father that I would never amount to anything and that I looked like a boy." ― Janice Dickinson
  • "And if your attitude is that only smarter people have something to teach you, your learning opportunities will be very limited. ... When we see people acting in an abusive, arrogant, or demeaning manner toward others, their behavior almost always is a symptom of their lack of self-esteem. They need to put someone else down to feel good about themselves." ― Clayton Christensen
  • “More than one personality was created in the hope of being the daughter Nancy could consistently love. More than one new personality was created in response to Mother's unexpected fury.” ― Joan Frances Casey, The Flock: The Autobiography of a Multiple Personality
  • “As long as the abuse or neglect experienced in childhood remains buried within, we re-recreate our family in adult relationships.” ― Kenneth Adams, Silently Seduced, Revised Updated: When Parents Make Their Children Partners
  • “Abuse is a control tactic. It's aim is to break you and make you submit.” ― M. Wakefield, Are You In An Emotionally Abusive Relationship? (Special Edition for Men): Patterns of narcissistic abuse in the lives of men and boys.
  • “Emotional abuse is designed to undermine another's sense of self. It is deliberate humiliation, with the intent to seize control of how others feel about themselves.” ― Lorraine Nilon, Breaking Free From the Chains of Silence: A respectful exploration into the ramifications of Paedophilic abuse
  • “When you have been abused, it is important to learn early that looking back is only good to remember the lesson. That is all you should hold onto.” ― Tracy Malone
  • “Learn Boundaries – Define them, determine penalties, communicate them, honor yourself by enforcing them. Heal the PTSD and live the life you deserve. Be a SurThriver.” ― Tracy A Malone

Emotional abuse quotes in relationship

The following emotional abuse quotes will make you realize that you deserve more in your love relationship.

Emotional abuse boyfriend quotes

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  • "Well, I went through some emotionally abusive relationships and allowed myself to not be properly respected as a lady, as a human being even, though I tried everything I knew to be a lady." ― Gloria Gaynor
  • "In an abusive relationship - we'll talk about men and women - women are often restrained, by words or out of fear, from leaving. They will tolerate abuse up to and including being put to death." ― Rene Marie
  • "The No. 1 reason women stay in abusive relationships - because they're not able to take care of themselves financially. It's also the No. 1 reason why women go back." ― Kerry Washington
  • “YOUR ABUSIVE PARTNER DOESN’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH HIS ANGER; HE HAS A PROBLEM WITH YOUR ANGER. One of the basic human rights he takes away from you is the right to be angry with him. No matter how badly he treats you, he believes that your voice shouldn’t rise and your blood shouldn’t boil. The privilege of rage is reserved for him alone. When your anger does jump out of you—as will happen to any abused woman from time to time—he is likely to try to jam it back down your throat as quickly as he can. Then he uses your anger against you to prove what an irrational person you are. Abuse can make you feel straitjacketed. You may develop physical or emotional reactions to swallowing your anger, such as depression, nightmares, emotional numbing, or eating and sleeping problems, which your partner may use as an excuse to belittle you further or make you feel crazy.” ― Lundy Bancroft, Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
  • “The scars from mental cruelty can be as deep and long-lasting as wounds from punches or slaps but are often not as obvious. In fact, even among women who have experienced violence from a partner, half or more report that the man’s emotional abuse is what is causing them the greatest harm.” ― Lundy Bancroft, Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
  • “An abuser can seem emotionally needy. You can get caught in a trap of catering to him, trying to fill a bottomless pit. But he’s not so much needy as entitled, so no matter how much you give him, it will never be enough. He will just keep coming up with more demands because he believes his needs are your responsibility, until you feel drained down to nothing.” ― Lundy Bancroft, Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
  • “The woman knows from living with the abusive man that there are no simple answers. Friends say: “He’s mean.” But she knows many ways in which he has been good to her. Friends say: “He treats you that way because he can get away with it. I would never let someone treat me that way.” But she knows that the times when she puts her foot down the most firmly, he responds by becoming his angriest and most intimidating. When she stands up to him, he makes her pay for it—sooner or later. Friends say: “Leave him.” But she knows it won’t be that easy. He will promise to change. He’ll get friends and relatives to feel sorry for him and pressure her to give him another chance. He’ll get severely depressed, causing her to worry whether he’ll be all right. And, depending on what style of abuser he is, she may know that he will become dangerous when she tries to leave him. She may even be concerned that he will try to take her children away from her, as some abusers do.” ― Lundy Bancroft, Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
  • “In a healthy relationship, vulnerability is wonderful. It leads to increased intimacy and closer bonds. When a healthy person realizes that he or she hurt you, they feel remorse and they make amends. It’s safe to be honest. In an abusive system, vulnerability is dangerous. It’s considered a weakness, which acts as an invitation for more mistreatment. Abusive people feel a surge of power when they discover a weakness. They exploit it, using it to gain more power. Crying or complaining confirms that they’ve poked you in the right spot.” ― Christina Enevoldsen, The Rescued Soul: The Writing Journey for the Healing of Incest and Family Betrayal
  • “The fact of the matter is, if you haven’t been in an abusive relationship, you don’t really know what the experience is like. Furthermore, it’s quite hard to predict what you would do in the same situation. I find that the people most vocal about what they would’ve done in the same situation often have no clue what they are talking about – they have never been in the same situation themselves. By invalidating the survivor’s experience, these people are defending an image of themselves that they identify with strength, not realizing that abuse survivors are often the strongest individuals out there. They’ve been belittled, criticized, demeaned, devalued, and yet they’ve still survived. The judgmental ones often have little to no life experience regarding these situations, yet they feel quite comfortable silencing the voices of people who’ve actually been there.” ― Shahida Arabi, Becoming the Narcissist's Nightmare: How to Devalue and Discard the Narcissist While Supplying Yourself
  • "The reason I gained so much weight in the first place and the reason I had such a sorry history of abusive relationships with men was I just needed approval so much. I needed everyone to like me, because I didn't like myself much." ― Oprah Winfrey
  • "If you chose to be with an abusive man, a powerful, abusive man, it reflects something about who you are and what you want for yourself." ― Moran Atias

Emotional abuse quotes in relationship

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  • "An abusive relationship should be easy to identify though often one of the most difficult to end." ― Desmond Tutu
  • "I feel very sorry for people who are trapped in an abusive relationship and keep making excuses for their abuser." ― Jill Stein
  • "Any relationships that would reject you for being true to yourself are - by definition - abusive relationships. You'll be much better off when you let them go." ― Steve Pavlina
  • "An abusive relationship is worse than being in prison. I mean literally, not figuratively." ― Joe Biden
  • "There's people who think what they need and what they deserve in their lives is a lot worse than what they actually do, so they get themselves involved in things that are needlessly painful: brutal relationships, abusive relationships." ― Adam Duritz
  • “Lies don't end relationships the truth does.” ― Shannon L. Alder
  • “My dad had limitations. That's what my good-hearted mom always told us. He had limitations, but he meant no harm. It was kind of her to say, but he did do harm.” ― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
  • “...my father, [was] a mid-level phonecompany manager who treated my mother at best like an incompetent employee. At worst? He never beat her, but his pure, inarticulate fury would fill the house for days, weeks, at a time, making the air humid, hard to breathe, my father stalking around with his lower jaw jutting out, giving him the look of a wounded, vengeful boxer, grinding his teeth so loud you could hear it across the room ... I'm sure he told himself: 'I never hit her'. I'm sure because of this technicality he never saw himself as an abuser. But he turned our family life into an endless road trip with bad directions and a rage-clenched driver, a vacation that never got a chance to be fun.” ― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
  • “With emotional abuse, the insults, insinuations, criticism, and accusations slowly eat away at the victim’s self-esteem until he or she is incapable of judging a situation realistically. He or she may begin to believe that there is something wrong with them or even fear they are losing their mind. They have become so beaten down emotionally that they blame themselves for the abuse.” ― Beverly Engel, The Emotionally Abusive Relationship: How to Stop Being Abused and How to Stop Abusing
  • "You're always feeling powerless in life. If you're in an abusive relationship or working for what we call a psychotic boss sometimes the only option is to leave because you're emotions get so entangled with these manipulative people that staying there you're just helpless because they're good at passive aggressive games and you're not, so you have to leave." ― Robert Greene
  • "Most African women are taught to endure abusive marriages. They say endurance means a good wife but most women endure abusive relationship because they are not empowered economically; they depend on their husbands." ― Joyce Banda


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