Insider spoke to therapists about subtle signs a relationship could be abusive. If a relationship starts very quickly and intensely, filled with gifts, trips, and compliments, it could mean an abuser is love-bombing their victim to earn affection. What follows love-bombing is a sharp dive, which can look like mean […]
Nxivm, a sex cult covered up as a multi-level marketing company, employed science-backed psychological methods to manipulate members into sex, branding themselves, and sharing private information. According to therapist Kelly Scott, the group approach reinforced manipulative behaviour and turned vulnerability into “currency.” Leader Keith Raniere’s “exploration of meaning” method also […]
Amy Morin is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, mental strength coach, and international bestselling author. Despite its casual references in pop culture, Morin explains that gaslighting is a serious term in therapy, and a problem that many victims struggle to recognise due to the nature of the abuse. Morin […]
President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign appears to be applying some selective amnesia when it comes to the Alabama Senate race. After endorsing the runoff opponent of Trump’s former Attorney General and highest profile early endorser, Jeff Sessions, things got even more weird this week. The Trump campaign sent a letter […]
Author Louise Doughty told the story of an ex-boyfriend who became abusive and controlling in The Times. She said he started out charming but then became possessive. “Charm Syndrome Man can be your work colleague or friend,” she wrote. “He can be a builder, teacher or judge. What such men […]
Toxic people can invade all areas of life. They can be your relatives, friends, colleagues, or partners. One thing can make it particularly hard for victims to leave: gratitude. This is because toxic people aren’t bad all the time. They’re also highly skilled at tricking you into focusing on the […]
Gaslighting is a psychologically abusive form of manipulation that occurs in dating and relationships. When someone is gaslighting you, they exert power over you and make you think you’ve lost your ability to think, remember, and rationalize. There are several key signs to watch out for. Here’s how to spot […]
Movies like “Star Wars,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Clueless” are celebrated as classics. They also have made some surprising contributions to our vocabularies. Common words popularised by movies include “catfish,” “my bad,” and even “toast.” Movies have long influenced the way people talk, and sometimes, it’s in ways we don’t even realise. […]
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