The "worst" thing that happens to some one is the "worst" thing that they've experianced and they are going to feel the same way about that as you do about the "worst" thing that you've experianced.
^^ I think that this bears repeating.. perhaps even pinning as the most insightful thought ever..
I've been both physically and emotionally abused.. recurrent physical abuse always comes with a dose of emotional abuse attached.
With physical abuse.. you end up being scared to speak in case the violence happens again
With emotional abuse.. you end up being scared to speak in case the emotional abuse happens again.
I disagree Kevin.. being physically bullied at school is awful.. being emotionally abused by your parents is awful.. it is impossible to predict which one will traumatise the person more - the aftereffects all depend on the individual that it has happened to.
(this is a zombie thread though.. hopefully the opening poster is living peacefully by now)