Once, I knew a man who threw me out of his house when I said to him that there is such a thing known as emotional abuse.
In response to my assertion he turned and yelled at me, “THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS EMOTIONAL ABUSE.” And then, from out of what seemed like nowhere, in a fit of rage, in an effort to reject the truth of what I had said, he told me to pack my things and leave.
The next day, he texted me and told me that he was sorry and that he loved me.
And it was in that experience that I learned, first-hand, that emotional abuse really does exist. And so did he.
© 2017 annalise fonza, Ph.D.