Numerous studies show that our upbringing plays a vital role in our behavior as adults.
Studies also show that children who’ve suffered trauma are more likely to succumb to alcohol and substance abuse, as well as have problems with depression, anxieties and similar conditions as adults.
But aside from these issues, adults who’ve experienced childhood abuse have other ways in showing their difficult childhood.
Here are 20 things only a person who’s suffered emotional abuse as a child would do:
- They are scared of commitments most likely due to the fact that they couldn’t trust nor rely on anyone as children.
- They have dissociative episodes when they go on auto pilot and simply block out entire events and have no memories of them, a hefty skill they learned as children.
- They have mood swings as a result of their parents exposing them to their mood swings at a very young age.
- They are prone to self-harming, probably since childhood.
- They are angry on the inside and often burst out in anger completely unprovoked.
- They feel nervous and anxious and always on the edge of a break down.
- They feel insecure and need validation all the time. They feel like nothing they do is good enough.
- They suffer from low self-esteem issues.
- They doubt any compliment directed at them.
- They are mostly quiet and are not comfortable listening to their own voice, probably because they weren’t allowed to speak up as children.
- They have problems connecting with other people.
- They’re weak emotionally and mentally due to the long-lasting emotional abuse.
- They never face conflicts, they most often run away from it as it makes them feel anxious.
- They feel anxious when they need to make eye contact with someone or speak in public.
- They have abandonment issues and fear people will leave them.
- They act defensively and often perceive others as offensive as a result of their abuse.
- They may seem tough but they’re really sensitive on the inside.
- They have problems making decisions as their whole life they’ve been told that nothing they do is ever good enough.
- They say they’re sorry about everything, even when it’s not their fault.
- They doubt and second guess everything, even when they know they’re right, their long-lasting abuse makes them feel insecure.