Being in a manipulative relationship can be a wrecking experience. We hope no one enters such a relationship as it can ruin your life before you know it. Manipulative people are narcissists who’d love nothing more than to control you.
Narcissism is actually a personality disorder which manifests through lack of empathy, an unhealthy need for admiration and delusions of grandeur. It’s best to stay away from these people unless you want to end up hurt. These people don’t know what empathy is and only exist to regulate their self-esteem and satisfy their selfish needs.
The good news is that there are many early signs that can tell you that you are in a manipulative relationship. Here are the 4 most important ones:
Your Partner Isn’t Very Supportive
Recently, scientists from the Psychology department at the University of Arizona decided to study the ideal romantic personality. What they found out is that we all look for a partner who’s similar to us and this is also true for manipulative narcissists. People who are manipulative rather than supportive have a so-called Machiavellian personality type and are pretty cold and detached.
The same study also found out that manipulative women search for manipulative partners just like us all. Except they end up ruining their partner’s life.
You’re Not in Control of Anything
The simplest sign that you’re in a manipulative relationship is realizing you’re not in control of anything in your life. Manipulative partners will strip you of any power you might have in a relationship. They are the only ones who drive the car and they control every aspect of the home, including the bank account. If you feel like you don’t have any control of your life and relationship, your partner is most likely manipulative.
Your Partner Can’t Handle Their Emotions
Manipulative people and narcissists have no empathy and are uncomfortable in emotions (putting it lightly). If your partners ‘shifts’ between emotions too often and they’re having problems controlling anger, frustration, and sadness, they’re probably manipulative people who may be prone to destructive behavior.
You Do Things You Don’t Really Enjoy
Finally, a manipulative person will always push you to do things only they enjoy. If he or she are calling the shots and you have no say in it and you rarely enjoy it, you’re in a manipulative relationship.