Covert verbal abuse takes place when the abuser hides the abuse inside the context of the conversation. It can make victims feel as if they are going crazy.
One of the most dangerous methods of delivery is covert verbal abuse. This type of verbal abuse takes place when the abuser hides the abuse inside the context of the conversation during which the abusive comments are made. Abusers who engage in this type of behavior still intend to humiliate and demean the victim. Instead of doing it directly, however, they are able to deny that they intended to do so because they create an ambiguous situation where they can avoid responsibility.
Read more on my HealthyPlace bi-weekly blog here: How to Recognize Covert Verbal Abuse
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