* I generally write using the pronouns he/him when referring to narcissists, but females are just as likely to be narcissists or exhibit narcissistic traits. So please don't think just because article uses the word him or he that it could not be a woman in that same role.
Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you people say, but this really couldn’t be further from the truth.Verbal abuse is not something that anyone should take lightly, and for good reason.
Verbal abuse in any context can be extremely hurtful, and can often lead to you feeling bad about yourself when there’s absolutely no reason to, or potentially much worse things.
So in this article we’ll be answering how to stop verbal abuse, and remove yourself from the situation. Let’s get started.
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It’s important to understand that whatever the context is, if you find yourself upset by what a person says to you, then you shouldn’t be afraid to admit that that person has verbally abused you.
Of course there are different circumstances and variables that can massively change how a person perceives what people say, but feeling upset by a person’s comments is never a good thing, or something that you should have to put up with, so let’s take a look at how to stop verbal abuse altogether.
Remember that your safety is always the number one priority, and if you’re in a scenario that might be unsafe for you then the best option is always to try to defuse the situation, leave, and report it to the authorities, so be sure to take these different methods with a grain of salt.
Call out abusive behavior
It might seem scary, but calling out behavior that’s verbally abusive can be the first step in engaging with an individual that might not even understand that they’re being verbally abusive to you.
Just saying something as simple as ‘that hurts my feelings’ can go a really long way, and can give the person abusing you the reality check that they need that their actions are directly upsetting you.
Remember to keep calm, and try not to match verbal abuse with verbal abuse, otherwise you’ll risk escalating the situation which can lead to scenarios that people are going to upset each other, or can even become potentially dangerous.
The simplest, and most effective way to get someone to stop being verbally abusive to you when it’s over the phone is simply by blocking them.
Sure, this won’t always be the most effective way if you see that person in real life, and can lead to further abuse if this is the case but if you don’t see this person in real life, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with blocking them and never looking back, especially if you tell them what they’re saying is offensive and is upsetting you.
Regardless of who they are, they’re sure to get the hint once you’ve blocked them on whatever platform they’re messaging you on.
But even if you don’t feel like explaining yourself to them, that’s fine. You’re under no obligation to treat this person nicely, after what they’ve said to you, so just blocking a person can sometimes be the most effective strategy.
It might seem obvious, but having the confidence to simply walk away from a person that’s verbally abusing you is key. Especially if you’ve let that person know that their comments are upsetting to you.
Find someone that you can talk to, whether it be a family member, a friend, or something else. Walking away from the situation means no further harm can happen to you, and gives you a chance to evaluate the situation from a different perspective.
Ignoring the person might seem like an odd solution, but not giving the person an audience to respond to their hurtful comments can effectively respond to verbal abuse. Not responding to endless lists of their messages is sure to work too.
Seeing a list of their unanswered messages pile up over messages, or even face to face is a great way of getting across that you’re not interested in what they have to say, nor do you care. Sometimes that can be enough to stop a person from directing their abuse toward you.
Obviously, you should take steps to avoid this person after this, but in the moment keeping your cool and ignoring them can be a difficult but effective way of shutting down their insults.
Without lowering yourself to their level. It’s important to ignore them NOT the situation though, don’t bury what’s happening down within yourself, and report the situation to the authorities, or a close friend or family member.
If the person harassing you with abuse doesn’t stop after you’ve blocked them or told them how hurtful their comments are, then you shouldn’t sit back and allow it to happen.
Verbal abuse is illegal, especially when you feel threatened, alarmed, or distressed by the comments someone makes, so reporting this incident to the police is never going to be a bad idea.
Whatever your scenario, your safety is always the number one priority, so even if you’re slightly worried about your wellbeing, contacting the authorities is a priority.
It’s much better to be cautious but safe than to risk your well-being on someone that doesn’t respect you telling them to stop contacting you.
Reporting this to the authorities is as simple as going to your local precinct and filing a police report. A protection order can be placed to keep you safe, and the matter will be out of your hands.
While all of these methods are effective in their regard, it’s important to remember that your safety is always the number one priority here.
Suppose you think that a situation you’re in has become dangerous. In that case, removing yourself from the vicinity of the person and seeking help from a close friend, family member, or the authorities themselves will always be the best option.
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If you need a crisis hotline or want to learn more about therapy, please see below:
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) – 1-800-656-4673
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
- National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-7233
- NAMI Helpline (National Alliance on Mental Illness) – 1-800-950-6264
For more information on mental health, please see:
- SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) SAMHSA Facebook, SAMHSA Twitter, SAMHSA LinkedIn, SAMHSA Youtube
- Mental Health America, MHA Twitter, MHA Facebook, MHA Instagram, MHA Pinterest, MHA Youtube
- WebMD, WebMD Facebook, WebMD Twitter, WebMD Instagram, WebMD Pinterest
- NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health), NIMH Instagram, NIMH Facebook, NIMH Twitter, NIMH YouTube
- APA (American Psychiatric Association), APA Twitter, APA Facebook, APA LinkedIN, APA Instagram