Design for Life: Is my boyfriend gaslighting me?

This week, our occupational psychologist advises a reader who thinks her other half may be emotionally manipulating her with continuous lies

Gaslighting can be a common method of manipulation in a relationship. Illustration: Getty

Dear Expert,

My boyfriend has a habit of telling small lies. They’re usually about something stupid or unimportant. This means that he regularly corrects me, however, saying I haven’t told him something when I have, or that I gave him the wrong time when I know I didn’t.

Although I can often brush it off as not being a big deal, I worry that it’s the beginning of a pattern and will get worse. I’ve ...