This page is used to help define the terms I use in my blog. If you require further definitions, please feel to comment.
ABUSE = the improper usage or treatment for a bad purpose, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can come in many forms.
CONTROLLING ABUSE = is defined as a “Power and Control Wheel” under abuse.
MANIPULATING ABUSE = a type of social influence that aims to change the perception or behavior of others through underhanded, deceptive, or even abusive tactics.
MENTAL (PSYCHOLOGICAL) ABUSE = Psychological abuse, also referred to as emotional abuse or mental abuse, is a form of abuse characterized by a person subjecting or exposing another to behavior that may result in psychological trauma, including anxiety, chronic depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Such abuse is often associated with situations of power imbalance, such as abusive relationships, bullying, child abuse and abuse in the workplace.
PHYSICAL ABUSE = an act of another party involving contact intended to cause feelings of physical pain, injury, or other physical suffering or bodily harm.
RAPE = a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse, which is initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person’s consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority or with a person who is incapable of valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, or below the legal age of consent.
RELIGIOUS (SPIRITUAL) ABUSE = a serious form of abuse which occurs when a person in a cult-religious authority or a person with a unique spiritual practice misleads and maltreats another person in the name of a deity (god) or church or in the mystery of any spiritual concept. Spiritual abuse often refers to an abuser using spiritual or cult-religious rank in taking advantage of the victim’s spirituality (mentality and passion on spiritual matters) by putting the victim in a state of unquestioning obedience to an abusive authority. Spiritual abuse refers to the use of spiritual knowledge to deprive, torture, degrade, isolate, control, or (in rare and extreme cases) even kill others. It is used by evil-minded spiritualists, sometimes, including cult-religious leaders, to gain advantage, dominate, or exercise control over others. Being an “action of man,” in worst case scenarios, spiritual abuse can otherwise be considered a form of “spiritual terrorism.”
SEXUAL ABUSE = the forcing of undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another.