psychological abuse

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psychological abuse

Emotional abuse, mental abuse A form of mistreatment in which there is intent to cause mental or emotional pain or injury; PA includes verbal aggression, statements intended to humiliate or infantilize, insults, threats of abandonment or institutionalization; PA results in stress, social withdrawal, long-term or recalcitrant depression, anxiety
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9) Scarry implies that critics talk less about physical than mental cruelty and that novelists write more about mental than physical torture because "physical pain--unlike any other state of consciousness--has no referential content" (p.
Her fight was not with her affliction or directed against her plight, but rather against violence, war, inhumanity, and any kind of spiritual or mental cruelty.
Effectively balancing regional generalizations with detailed discussions of individual states, Bardaglio analyzes the development of the doctrine of mental cruelty in divorce cases; the gradual shift toward a more child-centered orientation in child-custody decisions involving divorce, indenture, and guardianship; the lack of vigorous legal sanctions against racial intermarriage in the antebellum Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina; and the legal doctrines used to rationalize the rape of free and slave black women.
The INS separated the waiver exception into two spheres: physical battery and extreme mental cruelty.
Vanessa claims she endured 10 years of violence and mental cruelty at the hands of Maxwell.
The Supreme Court has said there cannot be any " straitjacket formula or fixed parameters for determining mental cruelty in matrimonial matters".
He added: "Although in many respects and in dif-difficult circumstances your mother did her best for you and you for her it was clear that over a period of years you suffered longterm mental cruelty at her hands.
Prevention of physical cruelty is not enough, mental cruelty is equally important, if not more important.
He had some refinement of thought, some clear calculation too, but also some inconsistency, flashes of temper, volatility and perhaps some mental cruelty.
I saw physical and mental cruelty of all kinds and seeing your stories just brought it all back.
But after Sharon plucked up the courage to end their violent relationship and get a divorce on the grounds of mental cruelty, Holland continued to make her life hell.
Now we are threatened with the mental cruelty of a general election devoted to time-wasting opposing political arguments about the issue of fox hunting.