Narcissists are masters of verbal abuse and manipulation. They can go so far as to make you doubt your own perceptions.
If you have difficulty saying no, override your needs to please others, or are bothered by someone who is demanding, controlling, criticizing, pushy, abusive, invasive, pleading, or even smothering you with kindness, it’s your responsibility to speak-up.
Shame often causes people to withdraw or push the other person away.
Many people don’t realize that they’re feeling emotionally abandoned or that they did as a child.
People who are too flattering. Like snake charmers, these wooers may also be adept listeners and communicators.
Some swear they’re loved; others are convinced they’re not.
Positive thinkers are more optimistic, confident, and successful. Their effect is contagious and uplifts friends, coworkers, and loved ones.
Gaslighting is a malicious and hidden form of mental and emotional abuse.
If you suffer from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, or perfectionism, your thinking can skew your perceptions. Cognitive distortions reflect flawed thinking, often stemming from insecurity and low-self-esteem.
Codependency is called a disease of a “lost self.”