Gaslighting- A manipulation tactic where an abuser distorts what actually happened to get
another person to doubt themselves.
The confusion from gaslighting is used to gain power and control in a relationship.
Gaslighting is often done when an abuser crosses another person's boundaries,
then uses verbal manipulation to justify themselves and confuse the person.
Narcissism- A personality disorder where a self-centered, arrogant person feeds their own ego
while lacking empathy and consideration for other people's feelings and
A person with narcissism is often called a narcissist.
Narcissists need admiration, possess a sense of entitlement, and can be very
Narcissists have a tendency to prey on sincere, genuine people. A narcissist can
blend well into society, but use material possessions, the abuse of others, and an
artificial environment to feed their ego.
Neglect- When a caregiver fails to properly tend to another person's emotional,
physical, or mental needs. Neglect can be caused by a lack of financial resources,
laziness, mental problems, or because the caregiver never learned to care for
Considering the intention behind neglect is important when deciding how to proceed.
Boundaries- A personal limit you don't let others cross. This limit can be verbal, physical,
emotional, or psychological.
Healthy boundaries provide safety in a relationship. Boundaries help decide when
it's appropriate to stay in or leave a relationship.
Healing- The process of wounds diminishing, pain turning into strength, and living in line
with your core self. Healing can bring temporary pain, but positive, long-term
Your brain has a way of healing in a reasonable way at a healthy pace.