6 Signs Your Partner Is Manipulating You
You are likely to meet quite a bit of people in your lifetime, and not all of them are going to have a positive effect on you. Certain people find a way to manipulate their way into your life just to fill you with self doubt.
What makes the presence of these toxic even worse, is that often times you don't even realize they have worked their way into your life until it's too late.
It may even be someone who has become very close to you like a co worker, your partner, or one of your best friends. These people have a variety of manipulation techniques that they use to maintain control of your life.
However, making yourself aware of some of their tactics could make them easier for you to see through, and break free from their manipulative spell.
1. You find yourself emotionally volatile.
The one thing the manipulator enjoys more than anything is to guilt you. When you're made to feel guilty about something, you often find yourself feeling self-hate.
Self-hate leads to emotional volatility. One thing you'll notice is a sense of stability returning to your life. You can try as hard as you want, but people like this will always find a way to put the blame back on you.
If you tell a toxic person something critical they are likely to respond with a harsh, uncalled for attack on your character. It can start feeling like an infinite game of hot potato throwing the blame back and forth to each other.
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2. You're finding your relationships with others are getting worse.
Your manipulating partner may have, without you even really realizing it, pulled you away from people you love.
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3. You have a horrible sense of self.
The presence of a manipulating person in your life can be a large one. In the same way the earth casts a shadow on the moon, blacking it out fully during a solar eclipse, the manipulator can cast a shadow over you and your personality.
Without them blocking out the sun, you remember who you are and have a better sense of yourself.
Another way toxic people attempt to manipulate you is by trying to convince you that they've got you all figured out. Everything you do has just become so predictable to them.
When they start saying things like "I knew you were going to say that," "I don't know why I should be surprised," they are just trying to find a way to get into your head without using any reasoning or logic.
4. You forget things you once enjoyed.
The manipulator probably took you away from your favorite hobbies in the same way they took you away from people you love.
When you leave them, suddenly you remember how much you enjoy chess and hiking and you fully understand you've left a manipulator.
5. You never feel at peace.
With a manipulator in your life, you never truly feel at peace with yourself and the world you live in. If you escape the manipulator, it may take time to find inner peace, but it'll happen.
6. You feel like you can't trust anyone.
It may take time, but your trust in others will be restored eventually.
This tactic seems to be a favorite among toxic people to get around questions that they don't want to answer.
To do this they often give long complex answers that end up confusing you, rather than giving you the answer you wanted.
To find out if some one is doing this to you stay focused on what they were saying, and see if they stay on one topic, or constantly bounce around to random things that are unimportant and unrelated to the conversation.
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