The following are common examples tactics that, when used as part of a pattern of behavior, may constitute psychological abuse.
- Breaking promises, not following through on agreements, or not taking fair share of responsibility.
- Isolating you from family and friends.
- Controlling what you do, who you talk to, and where you go.
- Making threats against you.
- Attacking your vulnerabilities, such as your language abilities, educational level, skills as a parent, religious and cultural beliefs, or physical appearance.
- Playing mind games, such undercutting your sense of reality.
- Forcing you to do degrading things.
- Ignoring your feelings.
- Driving too fast.
- Withholding approval or affection as punishment.
- Regularly threatening to leave or telling you to leave.
- Harassing you about affairs your partner imagines you to be having.
- Always claiming to be right.
- Being unfaithful after committing to monogamy.
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