Emotionally abused or neglected children can become angry, mad at everyone, putting the child on a path of destruction. They tend to give up easily, and show little joy or happiness. "What difference does it make what I say or do, no one cares about me anyway?" is the attitude an emotionally abused child may develop.
As a child grows older, the effects of emotional abuse become worse. They have difficulty paying attention in class, which results in poor academic performance. They have a hard time making friends; their anger increases and they fight a lot. The child's actions and attitude make it difficult for others to give him warm and positive messages, so the problems continue and worsen.