“You’re quite smart for a small-town girl!” “You’re way too pretty to be single.” “You’re quite funny, for a girl.”

Have you ever heard such remarks? If you’re nodding, know that you’re a victim of negging. The urban dictionary describes this flirting method as, ‘low-grade insults meant to undermine the self-confidence of a woman so she might be more vulnerable to your advances.’ Dr Seema Hingorany, author and clinical psychologist with a private practice in Mumbai, elaborates on this toxic dating pattern. “Negging is an abbreviation of ‘negative comments’, and is

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