Thursday, May 31, 2012

What is Emotional Abuse?

Abuse is any behavior that is designed to control and subjugate another human being through the use of fear, humiliation, and verbal or physical assaults. Emotional abuse is any kind of abuse that is emotional rather than physical in nature. It can include anything from verbal abuse and constant criticism to more subtle tactics, such as intimidation, manipulation, and refusal to ever be pleased.

Emotional abuse is like brain washing in that it systematically wears away at the victim’s self-confidence, sense of self-worth, trust in their own perceptions, and self-concept. Whether it is done by constant berating and belittling, by intimidation, or under the guise of “guidance,” “teaching,” or “advice,” the results are similar. Eventually, the recipient of the abuse loses all sense of self and remnants of personal value. Emotional abuse cuts to the very core of a person, creating scars that may be far deeper and more lasting than physical ones (Engel, 1992, p. 10).

UIUC Counseling Center (via emotionalabuseawareness)

(Source: counselingcenter.illinois.edu)

Sunday, March 11, 2012
stophatingyourbody:

Hey all you WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL People!I’m Drew, 21 years old.I’ll be honest, I was a tad scared to post this submission today because, while I’m starting to come to terms with my medical conditions and how I look, I am sometimes afraid people will see this and judge me.
But I know you’re all a bunch of brave, kind-hearted individuals so here I am. There’s not much to see in the photo, you probably cannot tell but there are stretch marks on my stomach.
For years, I’ve been bullied on my weight even though they didn’t know anything about me our my health conditions. That didn’t really matter though because when I did summon the courage to tell them about that, they laughed and pointed and gossiped even worse. I’ve been physically abused by my father and told I was worthless but I’ve removed him from my life now and he’s regretting what he did, but he has not earned my forgiveness because he is still being judgemental. I have also been mentally and emotionally abused by girls who’ve led me on and then dumped me because I didn’t look a certain way.But now… I’ve found an amazing girl who’s helped me realise I am so much more than I thought and in the past 5 months… I have started to come out of the pit of thinking “Oh I’m *insert insult here*” and starting to realise well “There’s only one of me. I’m unique and possibly beautiful”. And even if no one else agrees, as long as I keep thinking that(not in an egotistical way of course), then I am truly taking a big step out of the dark for myself.
You’re all amazing, kiddos. You’re all beautiful! Don’t be afraid to take the leap and join the Body Peace Revolution!!
More Than Every Living Thing
BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!

This is one of the only pictures from this site I’ve felt compelled to reblog. Not because the other ones seemed fake or insincere, but this one touched me. You go, Drew.

stophatingyourbody:

Hey all you WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL People!
I’m Drew, 21 years old.

I’ll be honest, I was a tad scared to post this submission today because, while I’m starting to come to terms with my medical conditions and how I look, I am sometimes afraid people will see this and judge me.

But I know you’re all a bunch of brave, kind-hearted individuals so here I am. There’s not much to see in the photo, you probably cannot tell but there are stretch marks on my stomach.

For years, I’ve been bullied on my weight even though they didn’t know anything about me our my health conditions. That didn’t really matter though because when I did summon the courage to tell them about that, they laughed and pointed and gossiped even worse. I’ve been physically abused by my father and told I was worthless but I’ve removed him from my life now and he’s regretting what he did, but he has not earned my forgiveness because he is still being judgemental. I have also been mentally and emotionally abused by girls who’ve led me on and then dumped me because I didn’t look a certain way.
But now… I’ve found an amazing girl who’s helped me realise I am so much more than I thought and in the past 5 months… I have started to come out of the pit of thinking “Oh I’m *insert insult here*” and starting to realise well “There’s only one of me. I’m unique and possibly beautiful”. And even if no one else agrees, as long as I keep thinking that(not in an egotistical way of course), then I am truly taking a big step out of the dark for myself.

You’re all amazing, kiddos. You’re all beautiful! Don’t be afraid to take the leap and join the Body Peace Revolution!!

More Than Every Living Thing

BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!

This is one of the only pictures from this site I’ve felt compelled to reblog. Not because the other ones seemed fake or insincere, but this one touched me. You go, Drew.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012