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Emotional Abuse?

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So my mom makes me feel bad about myself a lot. SHe loses her temper really easily and the other day she slapped me because of my “tone of voice”. She said that I never learn so thats why she did it. She constantly breaks dishes when she gets mad. We don’t have anymore glass dishes because she broke them all. She also loses her temper and tells me she wishes I would just leave, she says I’m a bitch, i never do a f***ing thing around the house and things like that. I’m afraid of her now. She adopted me when I was a year old and I dont think she should have. Am I being emotionally abused?

Emotional Abuse?

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It certainly seems so to me. No child should have to put up with being hit, being exposed to a person’s anger, physical abuse or having property destroyed, no one should be made to feel bad about themselves.

Here’s the national hotline for child abuse. The next time you feel threatened in this manner you can call and the counselor will help you.

You can also talk to your school guidance counselor about this issue. You deserve to be treated better than you are.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Emotional Abuse?

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Emotional Abuse?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 21, 2019, from
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