Category Archives: Psychological Manipulation

Resolved to Making Character Matter Again

I have confidence that integrity of character will again come to be as expected as all the dysfunction we’ve experienced for years. And it’s toward that end that I’ve written Essentials for the Journey. Let us all resolve to make character matter again.

How Therapy Induced Trauma Happens

Therapy induced trauma happens when you go for help with hope in your heart, only to feel worse for the effort.

Gaslighting by Proxy Comes in Many Forms

Gaslighting victims feel so much more alone and self-doubting when they find themselves among a sea of folks who view the disturbed character differently.

Sometimes Charm Should Sound An Alarm

When should someone’s charm and amiability sound an alarm? When charm is accompanied by smugness, you’re likely dealing with a narcissist.

Is There Any Help for a Character Disorder?

Folks whose ways of seeing and doing things are so toxic that they’re rightfully considered “character-disordered” always cause big problems in relationships. And presently, the prognosis for change is extremely poor for the significantly disordered. There’s more hope for the mildly disturbed character, but the motivation and mode of intervention have to be just right!

Narcissistic Controllers Use and Abuse

Narcissistic controllers use and abuse because they regard the people and things they desire as property, doing with them as they please.

The Power of Honest Self-Reckoning

Humble, honest self-reckoning is more than liberating. It’s also empowering. Truth, in its essence, is both power and freedom.

Why Narcissists Attract the Emotionally Dependent

Emotionally dependent folks gravitate toward those appearing strong, confident, capable, etc. Narcissists see opportunity in this dynamic.

Relationship Deception in the Age of Character Disturbance

Relationship deception is one of the major reasons marriages and other intimate arrangements fall apart or end in heartbreak.

Amiable Narcissists Are Still Narcissists and Not Lovers

Amiable narcissists come across as lovers. But genuine lovers care about you, whereas narcissists only really care about themselves.