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Narcissistic tendencies vs. narcissistic personality disorder (NPD): What’s the difference?

We deem an individual “narcissistic” when they’re overly self-centered, they make every conversation about them, and they make selfish decisions. But many of us don’t realize that there is a personality disorder characterized by overblown self-importance called narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). So, what’s the difference between having narcissistic tendencies and…

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

The idea of brainwashing had a viral moment in the 1950s when the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) decided to wage psychological warfare against Communism. Project MKUltra secretly experimented with “mind control” techniques, dosing people with lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) without their consent. In fact, at one point the CIA…

How do narcissists control you? How do they react when they can’t control you?

Narcissists are self-absorbed. They often dominate conversations, manipulate their loved ones, and engage in deceptive behaviors for profit. You might try to steer clear of these disingenuous individuals, but you might also fall victim to their manipulation. So, how do they accomplish this? How do narcissists control you? And how…

Psychological coercion, dark traits, and emotional safety in relationships 

We’ve already shown how destructive cults and manipulative marketing tactics can weaponize extreme psychological influence. But what about a form of “mind control” that doesn’t have an industry or a social scaffolding behind it? Manipulation by an intimate partner can feel even more insidious because it’s perpetrated by someone you…

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