The following are common examples tactics that, when used as part of a pattern of behavior, may constitute psychological abuse.

  • Breaking promises, not following through on agreements, or not taking fair share of responsibility.
  • Isolating you from family and friends.
  • Controlling what you do, who you talk to, and where you go.
  • Making threats against you.
  • Attacking your vulnerabilities, such as your language abilities, educational level, skills as a parent, religious and cultural beliefs, or physical appearance.
  • Playing mind games, such undercutting your sense of reality.
  • Forcing you to do degrading things.
  • Ignoring your feelings.
  • Driving too fast.
  • Withholding approval or affection as punishment.
  • Regularly threatening to leave or telling you to leave.
  • Harassing you about affairs your partner imagines you to be having.
  • Always claiming to be right.
  • Being unfaithful after committing to monogamy.

Please see Emotional Abuse and Verbal Abuse