I see so many people playing mind games in relationships nowadays and the frequency of it concerns me.
What might be the reason why so many people are playing mind games even in their closest relationships nowadays?
Could it be because of the influence of social media and all of the "fake love advices" about how should a person behave in a relationship or is more likely tо be a personality trait or disorder?
Feel free to share your thouhts on this, I'd love to hear different perspectives!
I think there is far more awareness of these issues now and that's why they seem so prevalent. In reality like Emily stated they most likely have existed always, though now we have names for such displays - Gaslighting etc
As a society, there has been a major reconstruction of social values, what we view as the ethical treatment of others. Because these behaviors were everywhere just without question, now when we are actively looking and seeking to change things we see them everywhere.
Certain aspects of relationships are now no longer seen as the realm of the private - especially in cases of abuse where mental abuse is now actually recognized as being as important as physical abuse. This is one of the positive aspects of social progress, though a lot more needs to be done - at least society might be considered as being on the right road.
I think "mind games" and power struggles have always existed in relationships honestly and they just take different, more noticeable forms because of the technology we have today. Many people have insecure attachment styles, which is a contributor to this type of behavior.
I think, people who play mind games want to be in control and exert power on their partners. Usually they want something, it can be anything like money, sex and etc. They make you doubt yourself in order to feel special. Like they are the only one who can save you.