Today, we are talking about one of the main reasons that victims stay in a narcissistically abusive situation longer than they know they should, and it’s a huge part of narcissistic abuse and parental alienation, and a major factor in how they are able to turn your children against you.
Today’s topic is all about something called coercive control and how narcissists utilize it as a very effective and frightening form of control, abuse, and dominance over their victims. It is a very serious and severe form of emotional and psychological abuse. And I personally have never heard of a case of narcissistic abuse or parental alienation, which is child abuse, that did not involve coercive control.
So first, let’s define exactly what coercive control is?
Coercive control refers to a pattern of behaviors that a perpetrator uses to gain control and power over another person by eroding that person’s self-esteem and autonomy. It is an intentional and strategic form of ongoing oppression and terrorism used to instill fear in the victim. It can take many different forms, which I will get into later on in the article, and I’ll give some examples, and it is a very serious form of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and child abuse.
And as far as I’m concerned, it is always present and part of the narcissist toolbox that he or she uses to control and manipulate their victims. It’s a nasty and unpleasant topic and disturbing, to say the least, but something we need to know about and understand so we can recognize it and name it when it happens to us or our children.
So let’s talk about some of the different ways that narcissistic abusers utilize coercive control to dominate and control their victims.
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