Four warning signs of dating abuse
This insidious form of manipulation is called 'gaslighting', and it's designed to make you doubt your mental health.
If you go out without your partner you're either given a curfew or they insist on picking you up.
But your partner immediately throws cold water on your plans, telling you all the ways that things would go wrong, or that it's a bad idea – or they start a completely unrelated argument just to burst your bubble.
In future, you gradually find yourself not sharing your ideas and successes with them, because you know you won't get a positive reaction.
If you object, you're once again being 'oversensitive'.
If you talk about a problem at work, you're 'overreacting'.