Terms that keep cropping up …

Parental alienation is a catch all phrase for a child’s unjustified rejection of a parent but at its heart it is not about the rejection of a parent.

Coercive control is when a person with whom you are personally connected, repeatedly behaves in a way which makes you feel controlled, dependent, isolated or scared.

Co-dependency is an emotional and behavioral condition that affects an individual’s ability to have a healthy, mutually satisfying relationship. It is also known as “relationship addiction” because people with co-dependency often form or maintain relationships that are one-sided, emotionally destructive and/or abusive.

Narcissistic abuse is a form of emotional abuse projected by a narcissist on to another individual. Although narcissistic abuse is primarily focused on emotional and psychological abuse. Narcissistic abuse can occur in any kind of relationship.

The narcissists’ relationships are characterized by a period of intense involvement and idealization, followed by devaluation, and a rapid discarding. Alternatively, that scenario can loop, with ghosting (ceasing communication) and hoovering (luring back) instead of discarding. At the beginning (or its new cycle) with a narcissist only shows its ideal self, which includes pseudo-empathy, kindness, and charm. Once the relationship is committed, the true self of the narcissist will begin to emerge. The initial narcissistic abuse begins with belittling comments and grows to contempt, ignoring behavior, adultery, triangulation (forming any relationship triangles), sabotage, and, at times, physical abuse.

Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which a person seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, gaslighting involves attempts to destabilize the victim and delegitimize the victim’s belief. The ultimate goal is to make their victim second-guess their choices and to question their sanity, making them more dependent.

Victim Complex or Victim Mentality describes a personality trait of persons who believe they are constantly the victims of the harmful actions of others, even when made aware of evidence to the contrary.

Depression is a “Dysfunctional” response to adverse life events; can linger to weeks, months, or even years; person with clinical depression may feel overwhelmed and hopeless; and mental illness with many more symptoms than an unhappy mood.

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