With several notable instances reported worldwide, our society has become much more aware about the need to make sure no one is in an abusive relationship. However, a vast majority of people still don't realize that not all abuse is physical.
Abuse should never be tolerated no matter what but people are still relatively new to the idea of 'emotional abuse' and sadly, they disregard it as nothing. Quite often, even the victim or the abuser might not be consciously aware of the situation either.
What follows are signs which might be able to help you realize whether your relationship is abusive or not. If you arrive to the conclusion that yes, it is damaging your mental health then please don't spare another second with your partner because you might get out of it but an emotional abuser can never be 'fixed'.
1. You're constantly the punch line to every one of their mean 'jokes'.
There's a fine line between a joke and plain out humiliation. If you find yourself wondering what's so funny about your problems or your flaws which your partner constantly laughs at, then I assure you that it is nowhere near funny and you need to consider this as the first sign. Whenever you express that you would prefer it if your significant other would stop, and they just throw you down saying that you're too petty or overly sensitive, you're not, trust me.
2. Constant Guilt.
If, for instance, you feel bad whenever you visit your family or hang out with your friends because you should rather be with your partner or if you constantly just feel bad for anything that happens even if it isn't your fault at all, then consider this to be another sign of emotional abuse. By guilt trapping you at every occasion, your partner is exerting dominance over you and making sure that you feel entitled to them than to anyone else.