Love bombing. Narcissism. Gaslighting.
They’re words we’re hearing more and more often, because of an increase in both awareness and perpetration of domestic violence.
But while this has helped people recognise non-violent forms of abusive behaviour, there is risk in overuse, say experts, especially if we don't quite understand what the terms mean.
"I think people use these words as a way of trying to understand what is going on for them," says relationship counsellor Susan De Campo.
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"The danger, of course, is that people can make assumptions about certain behaviour that are incorrect. What if someone wasn’t love-bombing, they were just comfortable being very expressive of their love and affection for their partner? What if someone actually learnt that publicly teasing their partner about their breastmilk supply felt abusive to their partner and they stopped? You don’t know what you don’t know."
Here are some of the most commonly used terms, and what they really mean.
This label has entered the colloquial lexicon to describe self-centred, selfish, callous, self-absorbed individuals. Technically though, Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is a mental health disorder that can only be officially diagnosed by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.