I recently witnessed a man and a woman arguing, both were of mature age. I could not determine the reason for the argument, but it was pretty heated and it seemed like every other word he said to her was disrespectful, degrading, and disgusting. All I could do is look at this beautiful woman and wonder, when did she lose her dignity. Emotional and verbal abuse can have some of the same serious effects of physical abuse. There are lots of people who have experienced verbal abuse growing up, in relationships, and even on the job. It’s often overlooked because most people feel like it’s the normal way to communicate. Verbal abuse is not normal and can have long-lasting consequences. Trying to find the words to express yourself can be hard when you are hurt and angry. So, how do we deal with and practice effective communication?