Maybe it’s just us but it’s kind of weird—and by weird, we mean “hypocritical”—that if a man is abusive to a woman, that is totally uncalled for (and it is). But if a woman hits or slaps a man, somehow it gets “a pass”. To us, abuse is abuse and in a healthy relationship, no one should be doing it. This includes being verbally abusive.
Unfortunately, verbal abuse isn’t something that’s talked about enough, in general. Maybe it’s because so many of us grew up hearing “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” when that couldn’t be further from the truth. Words are powerful. They can heal and they can harm.
If this topic isn’t something you’ve given much thought to, but you know that you don’t want to be someone who is verbally-abusing the man that you love, here are six signs that you could be doing it. Perhaps without even knowing it.