Isolating someone from other people is a common tactic used by controlling individuals to assert power and control over their targets. If you suspect that a friend is attempting to isolate you, here are some signs to be aware of:
- Discouraging or criticizing your relationships: They may discourage you from spending time with other friends, family members, or loved ones. They might criticize or belittle your relationships with others, making you doubt their importance or value.
- Undermining your social interactions: They may exhibit behaviors that undermine your social connections. For example, they might make negative remarks about your friends or try to create conflicts between you and others, causing strain in your relationships.
- Jealousy and possessiveness: They may display excessive jealousy or possessiveness over your time, attention, or relationships. They may become upset or angry when you spend time with others or prioritize other people in your life.
- Monitoring and controlling your communication: They may try to monitor and control your communication channels, such as demanding constant updates, insisting on being included in all conversations, or becoming upset if you don’t respond immediately. They may want to know who you are talking to and what is being said.
- Creating dependency: They may try to create a sense of dependency on them by making you rely solely on their companionship or support. They may discourage or dismiss the importance of other relationships, making you believe that they are the only person you need in your life.
- Isolating you physically: They may try to physically isolate you from others by preventing you from attending social events, outings, or gatherings with friends or family members. They may discourage you from participating in activities or events where you could meet new people.
If you notice these signs in your friendship, it’s crucial to evaluate the situation and consider the impact it has on your well-being. Controlling individuals often use isolation as a way to maintain power and control over their targets, leading to feelings of loneliness, dependence, and vulnerability.
If you feel trapped or concerned about the situation, reach out to trusted friends, family members, or professionals for support and guidance. They can provide you with perspective, advice, and assistance in navigating the dynamics of the friendship and potentially finding ways to address the issue.
© Linda C J Turner
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