10 Huge Misconceptions About Emotional Child Abuse

How timely.

The Invisible Scar

[via Neal Sanche] [via Neal Sanche] “How could you have been abused?” a grossly misinformed person in an adult survivor’s life may say. “You had a roof over your head, food in your belly, clothes, and no one ever hit you!”

But as every adult survivor of emotional child abuse knows, the essentials—good attention, unconditional love, and emotional support—were missing.

Unfortunately, however, many misconceptions about emotional child abuse abound. Here’s a look at some of the biggest ones.

Misconception #1: Emotional abuse is another word for verbal abuse

Fact:Emotional abuse includes verbal abuse, non-verbal abuse, and non-physical forms of abuse.

“Child abuse is more than bruises or broken bones,” state Melinda Smith, M.D., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D, in a HelpGuide article. “While physical abuse is shocking due to the scars it leaves, not all child abuse is as obvious. Ignoring children’s needs, putting them in unsupervised, dangerous situations, or making…

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  1. manyofus1980

     /  April 12, 2015

    Hi Laura, Could you email me? manyofus1980@gmail.com I want to give you the blog password to read my protected entries. Also check in with you to see how your doing! XX Carol anne

  2. I am sorry about your visit with your mother,that the pain is so,I only can pray that you find peace from the rest of your life,as you are doing with the rv
    As always Sheldon

    • Thank you, Sheldon. Amen to your prayers! May you also have peace and contentment in your life. I’m hanging out in my RV right this moment, overlooking a beautiful creek, sweaty and tired from crawling around under the “rig” trying to figure out how everything works…Although I have had tents that took some figuring out and a good deal of wrestling to get them put together, this is a whole new ballgame, with all kinds of connections and switches and levers and valves…oh, and cords and hoses. Kind of like a ventilator on wheels LOL but it’s fun and I finally got it all working. I hope. ❤ Sending love–Laura

  3. Reading this and a comment from the Jungian Psychologist who is available periodically for the Sisters here to talk to has made a light go on on my head about my relationship with my mother (she’s had a depression diagnosis for the last 22ish years which means all through my teens, when she was first diagnosed, she was emotionally unavailable for me). Thanks for sharing this Laura, as well as your own experiences. Xxxx

    • Ouch, I’m so sorry to hear that. My poor son grew up with a bipolar mother, which meant, unfortunately, that I was either flying or crying for most of his childhood. I’m really glad you have a Jungian psychologist! How cool! Do you get to have individual sessions with her/him? If you have anything you’d feel comfortable about sharing, I’d love to hear it.

      • The point is that we do have private sessions with her. She’s there to help us stay sane and to deal with anything. She’s also a priest, so each session ends with prayer and a blessing. She also gives lectures at the Jungian institute in Zurich.

        • Wait, what order do you belong to, that has women priests?

          • We’re the Order of the Holy Paraclete, and we’re an Anglican (Episcopalian) order/community. The lady we see isn’t a member of the order, she’s one of the local clergy, but we have one sister who was ordained when the first women were ordained and another who is currently a deacon who will be ordained priest at the end of May.


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