Judith Orloff, MD notes: "Since emotions such as fear, anger, and frustration are energies, you can potentially “catch” them from people without realizing it. If you tend to be an emotional sponge, it’s vital to know how to avoid taking on an individual’s negative emotions or the free-floating kind in crowds." - See related videos with her, plus multiple resources in article: Judith Orloff on Coping With Emotional Overload http://highlysensitive.org/60/
Emotional Abuse can be often worse than physical abuse, because it stays with the person & holds their mind a prisoner. They accept the physical abuse because their mind is conditioned that they deserve it or what the person says must be true. I sadly know this & it can take years to retrain & believe in truth, not fiction & escape all forms of Abuse.