20 Diversion Tactics Highly Manipulative Narcissists, Sociopaths and Psychopaths Use to Silence You by Shahida Arabi via Thought Catalog
“The difference between constructive criticism and destructive criticism is the presence of a personal attack and impossible standards. These so-called “critics” often don’t want to help you improve, they just want to nitpick, pull you down and scapegoat you in any way they can. Abusive narcissists and sociopaths employ a logical fallacy known as “moving the goalposts” in order to ensure that they have every reason to be perpetually dissatisfied with you. This is when, even after you’ve provided all the evidence in the world to validate your argument or taken an action to meet their request, they set up another expectation of you or demand more proof.” Read the rest of the article here.
(3) Nonsensical Conversations from Hell
(4) Blanket Statements and Generalizations
(5) Deliberate Misrepresentation
(6) Nitpicking and Moving Goal Posts
(7) Changing the Subject to Escape Accountability
(8) Covert and Overt Threats
(10) Destructive Conditioning
(11) Smear Campaigns and Stalking
(12) Lovebombing and Devaluation
(13) Preemptive Defense
(15) Bait and Feign Innocence
(16) Boundary Testing and Hoovering
(17) Aggressive Jabs Disguised as Jokes
(18) Condescending Sarcasm and Patronizing Tone
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