Category Archives: Abuse

The Crazy Making Behaviors of Disturbed Characters

Recognizing manipulation tactics when you encounter them, and responding appropriately is key to both sanity and personal empowerment.

Emotional Romeos Are Masters of Seduction

Emotional Romeos are masters of seduction. They can sweep you off your feet at first, but they’ll inevitably bring you pain and heartache.

Laws Can’t Fix What Only Character Can

What Laws Can’t Fix Laws never permanently fix social problems. And perhaps the proof lies in the numbers. There are millions of laws on the books. Conscientious folks don’t behave themselves merely because of them. And the bad actors among us have always either ignored them or found a way around them. (See: Another Aggressive Personality … Continue reading Laws Can’t Fix What Only Character Can

Understanding Subtle Manipulation

Subtle manipulation almost always causes gaslighting – the crazy-making feeling I first described in the opening pages of my landmark first book, In Sheep’s Clothing. And you suffer this effect because of how long it takes to validate what you suspect is the truth about your manipulator.

Narcissistic Abuse and the Gaslighting Effect

Narcissistic abusers bind and trap their victims in many ways. Years of gaslighting leave survivors full of fear and doubt.

Covert Personalities and Personality Disorders

Covert personalities are not who they appear to be. They know how to look good but don’t care much about actually being good. By the time you figure out who they really are, you’ve already invested much and a lot of damage has been done.

Shameless Characters Prove an Important Point

Malignant narcissists are shameless characters. And they prove and important point: not all shame is inherently toxic or detrimental to one’s self-image.