It is something we speak of constantly, but it’s something which constantly bears repeating: Don’t let maladjusted people silence nor control you through a manipulation of your feelings and views. The action is wrong whenever it may occur, but is especially dangerous when the abuse becomes a pattern you’re unable to see what is happening.
Toxic people such as malignant narcissists, psychopaths and those with antisocial traits engage in maladaptive behaviors in relationships that ultimately exploit, demean and hurt their intimate partners, family members and friends. They use a plethora of diversionary tactics that distort the reality of their victims and deflect responsibility. Although those who are not narcissistic can employ these tactics as well, abusive narcissists use these to an excessive extent in an effort to escape accountability for their actions.