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By Ramsha Nayab

Feb 4,2023

Common Mind Games People Play On You & How To Outsmart

Gas Lighting

This is when someone denies and lies, produces misinformation, and contradicts your experience to the point where you doubt your sanity, memory, and perception. How to outsmart: Disengage and walk away.

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Negative Humor

Most of us have been in a situation where someone made critical remarks about us, disguised as sarcasm or humor, to make us feel inferior or less secure. How to outsmart: Smile and put that person in the spotlight by asking them questions.

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Victimhood is designed to exploit your goodwill, guilty conscience, and protective and nurturing instinct to benefit personally. How to outsmart: Do not get emotionally involved or, better yet, let go of that relationship.

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Pretending Ignorance

This is a common one. Don’t you hate it when people play dumb to get away with something? Yeah, me too. How to outsmart: Judge people by their actions and not their intention.

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Another standard mind game that a lot of people deal with. This is when someone criticizes you for something they do. How to outsmart: Do not take the bait. Remove yourself from the situation.

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Guilt Tripping

When someone keeps reminding you of something bad you did, to make you want to keep apologizing or make up for what you did. How to outsmart: Respond with empathy and trust your intuition.

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Silent Treatment

Giving the silent treatment by ignoring messages, calls, or questions to make you feel uncertain and to make you start doubting yourself. How to outsmart: Ignore it until it blows over.

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Constant Criticism

Constantly marginalizing, ridiculing, and dismissing you to make you feel inferior and to make them feel superior. How to outsmart: Say thank you and get on with your life.

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