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Is being emotionally abusive genetic?
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In brief: Environmental
Someone raised in an emotionally abusive home has been in the environment of abuse.
A child adopted into an emotionally abusive family has a greater chance of becoming emotionally abusive himself. The biologic child of abusive parents, who is adopted into a loving and nurturing family has a greater chance of becoming a loving person because of his adoptive environment. Nature (genetic) vs nurture.

In brief: Environmental
Someone raised in an emotionally abusive home has been in the environment of abuse.
A child adopted into an emotionally abusive family has a greater chance of becoming emotionally abusive himself. The biologic child of abusive parents, who is adopted into a loving and nurturing family has a greater chance of becoming a loving person because of his adoptive environment. Nature (genetic) vs nurture.
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
In brief: Not exactly genetic
Emotional abusiveness is a complex behavior. It is familial in that children learn what they are taught.
Children/people who are emotionally abused learn to emotionally abuse others.

In brief: Not exactly genetic
Emotional abusiveness is a complex behavior. It is familial in that children learn what they are taught.
Children/people who are emotionally abused learn to emotionally abuse others.
Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
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