“The systematic tearing down of another human being” (National Exchange Club Foundation, 2000) constitutes emotional abuse. Emotional abuse consists of behavioral patterns that attack a person’s sense of self-worth, which can acutely impede emotional development. Patterns of emotional abuse include threats, shutting down on someone, humiliation in public, ignoring, harassment, etc. Dhruva Maharaja (Prabhupada, 2011) was emotionally abused by his step mom.

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