What's worse emotional and mental abuse or physical?


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Most Helpful Guy

  • according to scientific research emotional abuse and physical abuse can potentially leave the same mental problems such as PTSD. torture victims where were waterboarded have no physical marks on their body but their mental problems can be so intense that they may never live a normal life. you would think that physical abuse is worse but its not, okay yes you are left with physical marks or disabilities even but people can have sympathy and understanding for that which is generally a lot harder to do for people who where psychologically abused as you cannot see any marks however the mental damage is there still.

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Most Helpful Girl

  • Both of them of them are no walks in the park when it comes to dealing with them. I feel like emotional/mental abuse is a bit worse because it stays with you. Physical wounds heal eventually, but those emotional wounds seem like they never heal. All it takes is one thought and that scab is ripped open again. And again. And again.

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    • And that's what I was thinking.

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    • @lumos that is true also. I. guess for me personally, I'd rather take the physical abuse and watch my wounds heal and know where the pain is coming from over feeling the emotional pain and sometimes not even. knowing the source. This coming from a person that had to cause physical pain to feel in control again.

    • Thanks for MHO

What Guys Said 11

  • I like them all, so it's hard to choose!

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  • Repeated physical abuse will inevitably have a negative emotional/mental impact as well, so I'd think that's worse.

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  • It just depends so much on the nuances that it's impossible to compare.

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  • i would say all of them. i've been through mental abuse and my whole childhood was full of physical abuse

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  • i feel like physical is worse at the moment while emotional will ruin you somewhere down the line.. overall, id say emotional is worse

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  • Emotional :/

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  • Emotional and mental abuse is worse because no one can see an injured soul and brain, especially on this planet.

    Chemical imbalances don't show up in MRI's.

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  • How would you define physical abuse here? You mean sexual abuse?

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  • Women are the biggest abusers in every aspect

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    • Wasn't the question lol

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    • About half of South African boys have already been raped (by a woman) — http://www. health24. com/Parenting/Child/News/Nearly-half-of-SA-boys-raped-20120721

      4. The National Violence Against Women survey found that 21.5 percent of men and 35.4 percent of women living with a same-sex partner experienced intimate-partner physical violence in their lifetimes

      http://www. advocate. com/crime/2014/09/04/2-studies-prove-domestic-violence-lgbt-issue

      5. Nationwide US statistics showing female inmate-on-inmate sexual victimization is significantly higher: http://www. bjs. gov/content/pub/pdf/pdca12. pdf

      More data: http://www. ncbi. nlm. nih. gov/pmc/articles/PMC2438589/

      Even more data: http://www. webcitation. org/6TK1FFJWL

    • 6. 90% rape of boys in juvi done by women, even though they are less than half the staff: http://www. ibtimes. co. uk/us-idaho-lawsuit-reveals-sexual-assault-by-staff-male-teens-juvenile-detention-centers-1494582

      7. Found in links above

      8. 5 year study: http://www. scotsman. com/news/cornton-vale-is-scotland-s-most-violent-prison-1-1900375

      9. In European monarchs from 1480 to 1913, there was a 27% increase in wars when a queen was in power. Not only did queens fight more wars than kings, they were also more likely to start them.

      In fact, they were more likely than kings to either start wars and continue those of their predecessors. Queens were equally likely to be involved in civil wars.

      http://www. psmag. com/politics-and-law/queens-on-attack

  • It depends on the abuse and if there is hope for end.

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  • All especially when it's sexual abuse

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What Girls Said 21

  • - Personally (for myself) - Emotional.

    ** I'm used to "abusing" my body and pushing myself to the limits with pain. So long as it wasn't permanent damage.

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  • I'd say it's emotional and mental abuse.
    When it's physical you will feel pain, but then it will go away.
    But when someone hurts you in an emotional and mental way, you might never be the same. What they did to you, will be always on your mind.
    You will become a different person and your relationships will be doomed.

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  • Emotional and mental abuse. It's something you can never forget, no matter how much you want to just forget it, it's inescapable. At least you can hide physical abuse, and it'll heal eventually.

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  • Emotional/mental, hands down. I would take regular beatings over getting screamed at/ manipulated. See, the beatings eventually fade, but the scars from being told you're stupid, worthless, shouldn't have been born, or that you'd be better off dead

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  • Both are equally bad and have lasting affects on a person, emotionally.

    However I would have to say physical abuse because you can really hurt someone to the point where there can be permanent damage or even death.

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  • Both can be just as harmful as the other depending on the victim. I feel saying one is worse is disrespectful to survivors of the abuse and cheapens what is an intensely traumatic experience regardless.

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  • emotional and mental abuse is worse than physical. Because it finish you frrom inside and leaves more deep scars

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  • Both are equally devastating in my opinion.

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  • They both have lasting traumatic effects

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  • Considering I've never really been physically abused, which I thank God for, I'd say emotional and mental abuse would be the worst. Unlike scars and bruises, they don't necessarily heal, if they do heal, it's a slow process. Even then, the person would never be the same again. Also, why would some choose to cut? It just signifies how a person would rather have physical pain the former mentioned above. That's just my 2 cents and honestly, I know physical pain would hurt as well. This is just my reality and I'm not speaking for the entire world, I'm only speaking for myself.

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  • Emotional. No question

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  • it depends. a really negative tirade can hurt me for a long time, but i'd take that over having my jaw broken and having to eat through a tube.

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  • Both are equally bad

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  • Emotional and mental

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  • For me, emotional abuse.

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  • Emotional for me

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  • emotional

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  • both combined

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  • Both are awful but I think it's unfair to compare the two and see which one is "worse". There's so many situations.. Physical could be bullying, sexual, etc and could still leave troubling thoughts just like mental abuse.

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  • emotionnal and mental

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  • Emotional of course! it takes much longer to heal emotional scars.

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