We all have our hot buttons, and some people are particularly good at pushing them in others, striking a nerve that they know will hurt like crazy. Depending on when someone is born, they might be one of the most emotionally abusive zodiac signs, so if you have someone like this in your life, it's possible that they fall under one of these signs.
Emotional abuse is all about controlling other people, as Psychology Today explained. The abuser often feels insecure about themselves or unsure of the other person's love and support, so they react by trying to bring the other person down. Common emotional abuse tactics include showing scorn, shaming, criticizing, belittling, withholding affection, and shutting out.
Some zodiac signs are more skilled at these techniques than others because of their personalities. However, that doesn't mean that everyone born under them is a potential abuser — or that the other signs are always perfect angels, either. "It is important to keep in mind that all signs are capable of being emotionally abusive at times, depending on planetary transits to one's personal birth chart," explains astrologer Lisa Barretta, author of Conscious Ink. "A softer rising sign may very well temper a sign who has a more disruptive nature."
Barretta tells Romper that the following four zodiac signs are most likely to be emotionally abusive. By no means does this excuse abusive behavior, though. If you believe someone in your life is abusing you emotionally, please seek professional help or contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1−800−799−SAFE(7233).