by J. E. Brown


This is a compilation and synthesis of other people’s definitions, an attempt to find the common thread running through the definitions. The author made a survey of the definitions in use by many fields, including the mental health community.

As I searched books and web pages for a definition, it seemed that no one had created a comprehensive definition: completeness kept getting sacrificed for readability, dumbing down the definitions. What was needed was a complete scholarly definition, simple to understand but with nothing missing, and objective enough that even a non-expert can use it to diagnose verbal abuse. In order to assist with the diagnosis of verbal abuse and the positive identification of verbal abusers, the author offers the above definitions.

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