How to Know if you’re in an Emotionally Abusive Relationship

Emotional abuse is a difficult form of abuse to detect so how do you know when it’s taking place?

Linda shares her experience of an emotionally abusive marriage.  “It start insidiously with a withdrawal of affection and even a hug feels foreign,” she explains.  The warmth isn’t there and it slowly starts to escalate.

This can be followed by criticisms about what you do, how you are etc and this can be so gradual until you get to a point where you start to doubt yourself. You start to think that there’s something wrong with you and what they are doing is attacking your vulnerability.

Scroll down and listen to Linda talk about emotionally abusive relationships.

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ABOUT LINDA SIMPSON

“I take strength from your calm, your honesty, and the hope you give me for my future.” Cheryl 

Linda is a fresh voice in the divorce advice world. She offers a pragmatic, common sense approach to life after divorce issues based on over twenty years surviving and thriving following a very traumatic divorce.

As a single parent, her sons are an enormous source of joy in her life. She is a loving mother and grandmother to four delightful grandchildren. 

She holds a degree from the University of Waterloo with concentrations in sociology and philosophy and guidance counselling certification from Queen’s University. 

She is an accredited trainer for The Peace Education Foundation, a leader in conflict resolution training. The institute is ‘dedicated to educating children and adults in the dynamics of conflict resolution and promoting peacemaking skills in home, schools, and community.’

In a long and successful teaching career, she also served as a counsellor and workshop facilitator for SEL (social emotional learning) programming and The Peace Education Foundation throughout her school and school district and was a frequent conference presenter for SUNY Potsdam Faculty of Education USA.

She writes for The Divorce Magazine UK and her blog is seen regularly on Huffington Post Canada where the focus is life after divorce and parenting issues.

 She is a writer and poet and is presently at work on a book based on her divorce experience.

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