Here's How to Know If You're Being Manipulated in a Relationship

Manipulation is difficult to spot and overcome in relationships, especially those of a romantic nature—and manipulative behavior can range from subtle and unconscious to overt and calculating. But whatever end of the spectrum it's on, manipulation in relationships tends to chip away at a couple's bond as well your own personal happiness.

Indeed, "for a relationship to work, you must find a way to stay on the same team" and "manipulation turns you into enemies" because it stems from deceit, explains Londin Angel Winters, an intimacy coach and author. To better understand where this pattern comes from, how to recognize it in yourself or a partner, and then how to move forward, we asked Winters to break it down. Read on to learn how to spot the warning signs of manipulation in relationships and how to recover from it.