Types of Verbal Abuse: Know Them And Save Your Sanity

Types of verbal abuse range from full on anger to forgetting on purpose. Even the silent treatment is a type of verbal abuse! Verbal abusers use several other sneaky tactics to abuse and control their victims, too. Recognizing the types of verbal abuse is the first step to overcoming its effects and regaining your mental health.

Judging and Criticizing

Judging and criticizing allow your abuser to express how little s/he accepts you as you are. The abuser implies that you should be smarter, more sane, less picky, or any other type of expression about how little your abuser appreciates who you are. Many judging statements start with “you”. For example, “you are a cheater” or “you have daddy issues”. Critical statements usually are said about you to someone else. For example, “She is so confused she doesn’t know her right from left half the time” or “He nags like a woman”.