Psychiatrist Marie-France Hirigoyen: The intent is to systematically destabilize and confuse victims with irrational threatening behavior - (news flash)

- Often, emotional abuse builds over a long period of time until it becomes so unbearable that victims lash out in frustration and anger, only to appear unstable and aggressive themselves.

- This, according to Hirigoyen, is the intent of many abusers: to systematically "destabilize" and confuse their victims (with irrational, threatening behavior that preys on the victim's fears and self-doubts), to isolate and control them and ultimately to destroy their identity. - psychiatrist Marie-France Hirigoyen, author of Le harcèlement moral