As someone who's been emotionally abused in the past and can now clearly see it, I'm also able to see how it changed my idea of relationships and my approach to love. After you've been emotionally abused, being able to open up freely is painful.
Here are seven ways those of us who have been emotionally abused love differently: 1. Even if we think we're really into you, we're going to keep our distance. We don't want to put ourselves in a vulnerable situation again and when you open up about yourself, that's exactly what you're doing.
You don't bear the bruises of a physical attack, but you're still scarred in many ways, and that scarring leaves an imprint that can affect every future relationship.
It's hard to love again after you've been manipulated, put down, controlled, belittled, and made to feel worthless by someone who was supposed to love you and care about you.
It can feel a bit scary, so we proceed with caution. Even at the height of our love, I had to be affectionate on my own terms. It wasn't that I didn't want to be close to him, but after the relationship before where affection was so minimal, it took me a long time to learn how to cuddle again and to enjoy it. You become guarded, protective, and you hand out your love in pieces, bit by bit.
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