Gaslighting: It’s not Just for Breakfast Anymore!

(Disclaimer:  I am not a mental health professional.  The statements in this blog post are based on personal observation/experience, as well as media for the general public.) Have you ever known someone who caused you to question your perception of everything and dragged you down to the point where you allowed that person to control your life? A lot of people have suffered that misfortune.  Please judge only the manipulators and not the people who have been manipulated. Sadly, that second paragraph is difficult to interpret because some people who have been dragged down begin supporting their tormentors by becoming … Continue reading Gaslighting: It’s not Just for Breakfast Anymore!

When “Help” Turns Into a Cult

At the end of this post, please click the link to a New York Times article about a reported FBI investigation of a self-help group called Nxivm.  The name is pronounced “Nexium,” and apparently has no relation to the acid reflux drug. We should be aware that no charges have been brought against Nxivm or its leader.  However, the allegations are alarming, and for the time being any person seeking help with emotional or spiritual issues should probably look elsewhere for treatment. Some treatment programs maintain ethical standards and provide the right support so clients can resume their lives.  Others are looking … Continue reading When “Help” Turns Into a Cult