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Identifying Abusive Relationships


Romance scammers: Who they are, what they do, and how you can protect your heart and wallet

In 2020, reported losses from romance scams totaled $304 million.  Heartbroken victims reported losing not only their money, but also their dignity and the futures they’d envisioned with their loved ones. You can take practical steps to protect yourself from romance scammers, like learning to identify the psychological biases these…

How to protect yourself from mind control techniques and cult recruitment (it’s not as far-fetched as you think)

Brainwashing is an outdated psychological concept, but narcissistic cult leaders can still exercise extreme influence over smart, sane, “regular” people.  You can protect yourself from cultic mind control techniques by learning the warning signs and asking the right questions.  Destructive cults use love-bombing, isolation, and phobia indoctrination to overwhelm cognition. …

PTSD from relationships: Can an emotionally abusive relationship cause PTSD?

Any kind of abuse—whether it be physical, emotional, mental, sexual, etc.—can lead to PTSD, as abuse is a highly emotionally distressing experience. The overactivation of stress hormones causes the victim of abuse to experience a fight, flight or freeze response, which makes it near impossible for the individual to focus…

Can a violent relationship get better? Understanding the difference between characterological and situational violence

Violent relationships are never okay, but is it possible for them to get better? That depends on if it’s characterological violence or situational violence. Characterological violence is rooted in controlling and dominating behavior; this form of abuse is often innate and unchangeable, which means the relationship is likely unsalvageable. Situational…

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