So, if your partner keeps using your insecurities against you, they are not playing fair. If you notice they’re continually bringing up things they know will hurt or upset you or crossing boundaries that you have clearly laid down, that’s a major red flag.
3. Everything Is A Transaction
A relationship is not a business deal. You’re not supposed to just check boxes and expect payouts in return.
That’s why if your partner is always keeping score and insisting that you owe them something, it might be a manipulation tactic to keep you feeling indebted.
Remember, you don’t owe anyone anything. Love, respect, and care are mutually earned, not required.
4. They’re Cutting You Off From Friends And Family
It’s easy to get consumed in the honeymoon stage of a new relationship and take a step back from socializing with friends or family. But, as time goes on, you may notice that you are increasingly isolated from your social circle– even after the honeymoon stage has passed.
If your partner is consistently making it difficult for you to spend time with friends and family, they may be trying to gain more control over your life.
5. They Gaslight You
Gaslighting may seem like just a hot buzzword on social media right now, but it’s a very dangerous manipulation tool.
If your partner starts to deny things that they have clearly said or done and make you doubt your own memory or sanity, take it seriously. This is a strong sign of manipulation.