Love Islands Faye did not gaslight Teddy – its Jakes behaviour that needs watching, expert says

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Love Island this year has given us plenty of ups and downs in the couple's relationships.

In particular, we've seen Faye Winter and Teddy Soares in some pretty big blowouts. The pair had an epically long (and expletive heavy) argument after scenes from their time apart in Casa Amor aired during a brutal movie night challenge.

The British regulating service Ofcom received over 25,000 complaints about Faye's fiery outrage towards Teddy with some viewers even accusing Faye of gaslighting her partner.

One person tweeted, "Faye is allergic to accountability and loves to gaslight. Scary, scary behaviour". While another wrote, "Faye: “I treat Teddy like shit, I gaslight him, I belittle him, I publicly embarrass him and I scream at him…but it’s all because I just really like him"."

However Chartered psychologist, mental health & wellness expert Dr Audrey Tang doesn't agree and states the term is often misapplied.

"Gaslighting has been used as a description of Faye’s behaviour towards Teddy. Yes, her outburst contained rudeness, and belittling statements, and was altogether unpleasant and awkward, but "gaslighting" is a very big word akin to accusing someone of discrimination or harassment."

She continued, "Gaslighting is the "systematic manipulation of someone's thoughts"…it is long term, it is malicious, it is aimed at controlling and it is consistent.

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"It is also not often explosive and overt as anger can be.

"Lying to someone, being emotionally abusive, being a terrible partner, being selfish, being rude, being a little shortsighted – these are the words that could describe an aggressive outburst – but gaslighting is absolutely incorrect.

"Faye’s behaviour was explosive and explicit, not controlling nor systematically manipulative in any way," she concluded.

Dr Audrey instead believes we should be more watchful of Jake Cornish's treatment of girlfriend Liberty Poole, who's relationship is set to come to a dramatic conclusion in tonight's episode.

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A spoiler clip shows Liberty removing her mic and sobbing to Jake as she tells him that she doesn’t think they are “right for each other”.

She said, "More coercive was perhaps Jake's behaviour when he stopped Liberty from celebrating with Kaz‘s relationship status, reasoning with her that he thought she could celebrate with Kaz alone.

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"This may be absolutely without malice, but, especially as Liberty said “Things in my gut don’t sit right” – I would be asking you to pay greater attention to your gut."

Of course, we must remember that it's a TV show and they are all just trying to navigate their new relationships with millions of viewers analysing their every move! We hope they all find happiness one way or another.

Dr Audrey Tang is the author of new book The Leader’s Guide to Resilience, Pearson, £14.99

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