Violence is a type of social or personal interaction in which there is a clear intention to cause harm or damage to the other party. There are many types and degrees of violence. And they can be so subtle to the point of going unnoticed. Psychological violence, although it is not physical, can also leaves signals in the body.
In this article, learn the effects of psychological violence on our bodies. How it can affect our quality of life, as well as the ways to prevent this so sadly extended abuse. This social scourge causes the psychological pain suffered by these people to lead to serious long-term health problems.
What is psychological violence?
Psychological violence is a type of verbal (non-physical) abuse based on humiliation, disqualification, humiliation, insults, isolation or bullying. Since there is no physical evidence such as bumps, scratches, or bruises, sometimes it can be difficult to prove, since it is the word of one person against the other.
It is a type of abuse in which it is a matter of subjecting the person and damaging them through constant pressure. It takes place through shouting or humiliation that discriminates against the dignity of the victim.
Signs left on the body
1. Sleeping disorders
Psychological abuse usually results in sleeping disorders. The high doses of pressure and verbal violence cause psychological states of anxiety, stress and insomnia. Receiving different types of humiliation can cause nervous and cardiac disorders.
Fear of the abuser generates an insomnia that weakens the victim even more. It also adds to the capacity of avoidance that is caused by the abuse of power. In addition, with insufficient sleep hours, the body weakens and is more prone to get sick.
2. Eating disorders
In general, victims of psychological violence suffer from eating disorders. By reducing self-esteem, the person feels that they do not deserve anything, that everything is their fault. This deformation of reality becomes:
- Loss of appetite
- Lack of control
- Insecurity and disregard for what one eats
An eating disorder is a disease in which there is a distortion of one’s body image. There are factors that can lead to these eating disorders, such as feelings of loneliness, frustration, contained anger or emotional distress.
- In victims of psychological violence it is also very common to see the appearance of gastritis (acute abdominal pain, heartburn, burning).
Irregular blood pressure is another sign that psychological violence can leave on the body. The act of living in a state of continuous alert to protect life causes blood pressure to rise. The mind sends signals to the body that it is living a risk or in danger and, therefore, the body increases the blood pumping.
People who are in troubled spots or where their life is exposed as a constant threat, tend to develop hypertension. In short, it is a defense strategy of the body closely associated with people who suffer psychological violence.
Psychological violence causes the victim to enter a state of depression and total anguish. There are many signs of psychological violence that result in illness or mental disorder:
- Uncontrolled jealousy
- Deprivation of liberty and control of money
- Insulting and humiliating nicknames
- Total control of social relations
- Invasion of privacy
- Screams, insults, and disparagements
- Control of clothing
- Non-consensual sexual relations
- Dominance and submission
For all this, it is not strange that the victim, even without presenting symptoms of physical violence, falls into a state of desolation. Even to the point of becoming suicidal or not caring what happens with their life.
In addition, the aggravating factor is that, usually, the aggressor is usually the partner or a close member of the family.
Tips to prevent psychological violence
Keep these tips in mind to avoid being a victim of psychological violence:
- Someone who loves you does not make you cry.
- Do not accept or normalize screams and manifestations of anger.
- Never allow insults, verbal attacks, or contempt.
- Your opinion is worth as much as theirs.
- Nobody owns another person.
- Do not justify or defend violent behavior.
- You can not always forgive.
- If you feel fear of your partner, that is not love.
If this is your case, reflect, arm yourself with courage, and ask for help.