The act of or the effects of mentally scaring a person. The effects are often long term.
"I don't see why people abuse their kids physically; abusing them mentally is so much more permanent.
Any act or comment made by another person that logically, makes absolutely no sense to everyone else present. Those affected are left in a state of confusion and often spend a significant amount of time trying to understand what just happened. In nearly every case, the victims are unable to form a rational conclusion to alleviate the feeling that they’ve been somehow mentally violated by the perpetrator. Mental abuse happens frequently in environments where statements of “respect” or “attitude” are continually berated from parent to child in an effort to gain control. It is also a common side effect of absolute ignorance and shares many of the same symptoms of multi-generational inbreeding.
Parent: "Maybe you need to look on the inside and see if you're just the jealous brother and he's really the Prodigal Son."
Son: "What does this have to do with whether or not I can have a lock on my door? I'm tired of him stealing my stuff when I'm not here."
Parent (yelling): "IT HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH IT! YOU NEED AN ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT AND START SHOWING SOME RESPECT!"
Son (thinking): "What the??? This is Mental Abuse!"