The cryptic nature of psychological abuse leaves people unable to even trust their own judgement.
It involves repetitious mind games that are played on purpose by an abuser against his or her target.
However, you stand a better chance against these mind games when you know what clues you should be looking out for.
Abusers may deliberately make you feel anxious and rejected, as well as criticising you for all the things you used to be praised for.
Here are the nine reg flags:
1. Is verbal silence or physical withdrawal used as methods to make you anxious and feel rejected?
2. Are you criticized for every aspect of your life or personality that were once highly praised?
3. Do you find it difficult to explain how the relationship suddenly went from being soul-mates to chronic tension?
4. Did you go from being a confident person to having trouble making daily life decisions?
5. Do you worry that you may not be strong enough to ever choose to leave the relationship and stay away?
6. Has your physical health deteriorated the longer you have been around the toxic person?
7. Is social media used to make you jealous of your loved one’s connections to other people?
8. Does the other person have the habit of denying saying or doing things that you clearly remember?
9. No matter how politely you try to approach issues in the relationship, are you accused of being ‘disrespectful’ by the other person?
Another key sign to look out for is your partner using social media sites like Facebook to make you feel jealous of their other connections.
And a further warning should come if your partner routinely denies saying or doing things which you clearly remember.