By Rahaf Khalil
The way you are treated as a child can have lasting effects on you even in adulthood. This is why they say when you raise a child, you are raising the person that they will become. The experiences that you form in your childhood become the building blocks of your outlook on life and the perception you have of yourself.
A person who experienced emotional abuse as a child will act in ways different to someone who hadn’t experienced similar abuse. The impact may be so severe as to ruin the individuals’ ability to form meaningful relationships with people who are in their lives.
If you have experienced emotional abuse, it is likely that you will relate to some of the following symptoms or behaviors. Often we suppress painful memories so you may not realize that you are acting out due to childhood trauma until you read some of these behaviors. Here are several signs that you experienced emotional abuse as a child:
Suffer from anxiety or depression: Because of all the bottled up emotions, people who have dealt with emotional abuse often suffer from anxiety and depression, sometimes without knowing the source.
Being overly shy
Those who have gone through emotional abuse are used to suppressing their voice so as not to displease authority, so they often grow up finding it difficult to reach out to others, to create contact and form new relationships.
Emotionally abused people will tend to constantly find fault in themselves, and will always be afraid of making mistakes, even when they aren’t in the wrong. This might also stop them from taking risks and aspiring to achieve what they actually want.
Such people often make use of the language an abuser uses against them. Even when they walk out of your life, you continue the criticism exactly where they left off.
If you’ve been going through abuse for a longer time, you’re going to need to be constantly reassured that you’re doing things tight. Your own validation isn’t enough, because you feel as though nothing you do ever is, so you rely on the validation of others.
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