5 Gaslighting Phrases You May Not Easily Recognize
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5 Gaslighting Phrases You May Not Easily Recognize

Gaslighting is a strategy of emotional and psychological abuse that covert narcissists often use to make people doubt their own perceptions of reality. If you’re a victim of gaslighting, you will most likely start questioning everything you know, and you are until you lose the sense of your own self-confidence, integrity, and identity.  As an…

How to Heal from a Toxic Relationship: 10 Steps
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How to Heal from a Toxic Relationship: 10 Steps

A toxic relationship is a damaging relationship characterized by insecurity, control, and abuse.  Whether it is a romantic one, within a family, or a toxic friendship, a toxic relationship typically pulls you in a cycle of abuse where you doubt yourself, always feel guilty, and desperately seek reconciliation. These relationships can diminish your self-esteem and…

How to Recognize A Narcissistic Parent | 13 Common Signs
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How to Recognize A Narcissistic Parent | 13 Common Signs

Positive parenting is key to a child’s healthy development. Positive parenting means that your parents could develop a strong, deeply committed relationship with you and your siblings and respond to your needs. A narcissistic parent, on the other hand, will be unable to establish a healthy bond with their children. A warm relationship between a…

How To Identify The Five Types of Narcissists

How To Identify The Five Types of Narcissists

Most people use the term narcissist to describe individuals with self-centered behavior and exaggerated picture of their own worth. While the inflated belief of superiority and grandiose ideas of self-worth are the distinctive characteristics of a narcissist, narcissism actually occurs along the spectrum ranging from a few narcissistic traits to the full-blown narcissistic personality disorder. …

8 Signs Of A Toxic Relationship | How to Set Boundaries
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8 Signs Of A Toxic Relationship | How to Set Boundaries

Healthy, stable relationships have the power to bring lots of joy, improve your resilience, boost mood, and even extend life. Positive relationships help us feel safe, valued and accepted. Research shows that people with strong social bonds are more likely to live longer. On the other hand, toxic relationships can be a massive burden in…

The Narcissistic Abuse Cycle | The 4 Stages of Abuse

The Narcissistic Abuse Cycle | The 4 Stages of Abuse

The relationship with a narcissist is never an easy one. People with a narcissistic personality disorder or narcissistic traits have exaggerated feelings of self-worth and superiority. Your narcissistic partner needs to always be in charge and commonly display manipulative and self-centered behavior. Narcissists typically lack empathy and still blame others for their own failures.  Also,…

What is Gaslighting? How To Recognize It And What To Do About It
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What is Gaslighting? How To Recognize It And What To Do About It

Gaslighting is a term that describes a form of emotional and mental abuse that causes the victim to start doubting her or himself and questioning their reality until they lose the sense of their own identity and self-worth. As a form of brainwashing, gaslighting is most commonly used by dictators and cult leaders. However, this…

What are Trauma Bonds?
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What are Trauma Bonds?

While the term bonding typically refers to a positive experience of forming a close relationship with someone, particularly after spending time together or going through a really good or very stressful experience together, trauma bonding represents emotional attachment to an abuser. In trauma bonds, a victim tends to mistake abuse for love, remaining loyal to…

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Subtypes of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Persons with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) can be generally described as having an exaggerated belief of superiority over others and an obsession with grandiose ideas of power and self-worth. These individuals always put their needs first, often displaying self-centered and manipulative behavior while lacking empathy for other people’s feelings. In addition, they constantly seek attention…

Toxic Codependent Relationships
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Toxic Codependent Relationships

Codependency in a relationship usually occurs when one of the partners has a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). If your partner has either one of these personality disorders, you might find yourself stuck in a toxic codependent relationship. Codependents can also end up in toxic relationships with their family members, friends…