Mind games and silent abuse can both be forms of emotional manipulation and can be very damaging to a person’s mental and emotional well-being.
Mind games involve using psychological tactics to manipulate someone into doing something or believing something that they might not otherwise do or believe. This can include gaslighting, where the manipulator makes the victim doubt their own perception of reality, or playing on their insecurities and fears to get them to comply.
Silent abuse, on the other hand, involves using silence and withdrawal as a way of controlling and manipulating someone. This can include ignoring someone for extended periods of time, giving them the silent treatment, or withholding affection or attention as a means of punishing them or getting them to comply with the abuser’s demands.
Both mind games and silent abuse can be difficult to identify, as they often involve subtle behaviors that can be difficult to recognize as manipulative or abusive. It’s important to be aware of the signs of emotional manipulation and abuse and to seek help if you feel like you are being targeted by these behaviors.
© Linda C J Turner