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Emotional Blackmail

Emotional blackmail is very common. It’s an extremely powerful form of manipulation. It usually involves an individual close to us threatening to punish us for not doing what they want. They can be our managers, co-workers, friends, lovers or even members of our family. Manipulation turns into Emotional blackmail when it is used repeatedly to force us to comply with their demands, even when we refuse to. Whenever people try to get their own way, regardless of the cost to you, you’re looking at an emotional blackmailer. They are extremely selfish, and have little interest in conflict resolution or compromise. Continue reading