Friday, February 27, 2015

Emotional Abuse: What Are the Signs?

Emotional Abuse: What Are the Signs?

Wake Up to Live by Desiree Leigh

Do you recognize the signs of emotional abuse?  You may experience these signs if you are living with someone that physically and verbally abuses you?  You may also experience these signs with others you don't live with, such as brothers or sisters and friends or neighbors.  I wasn't able to recognize the signs immediately.  I was too caught up managing life with my children not considering either my own issues or needs.  I was trying to keep things afloat so that life looked grand from the outside--from the perspective of others--and life did look just fine from the outside; so it was very easy to convince myself that everything was okay.  What's really crazy, though, is that even if outsiders suspected something, they didn't say a word or do anything; everyone lived in this bubble of silence.  This bubble of silence is the craziest thing in the world when you reflect on it, but it happens with child abuse, too!  No one wants to get involved.

These are just five signs of emotional abuse, but they are pretty significant.  If you are in an emotionally abusive relationship, do you think it is the time to start reflecting on what is "really" happening in the relationship.  I know it's hard.  I've been there.  I was scared in my boots.  But by starting to reflect on your life as it really is is the beginning of change.  Reflection and awareness; it's the beginning of truth, and it's the beginning of creating self-worth.

Wake Up to Live by Desiree Leigh





Wake Up to Live is about awareness in every aspect.  Waking up to live life is about questioning the social norms and the things that feel uncomfortable to talk about.  Wake Up to Live is about becoming awake to our biases, prejudices, and injustices. Waking up to live life is about waking up from unconsciousness to see what is really true.  Although waking up to live life with awareness and clarity may be difficult to do because now we must begin to make the hard choices, we must strive to Wake Up to Live and be responsible for our actions and the actions of others.  We are in this life together!  



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