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Emotional Manipulation: Understanding Manipulators and Helping Their Victims

Written and Presented by:
Jim Fogarty EdD
Emotional manipulation is a devious form of influencing and taking advantage of people – people who have strong needs for love, affiliation and kindness. This seminar is dedicated to helping victims become well-informed and skilled survivors.

Emotional Manipulation Defined

Urban Dictionary:
Emotional Manipulation: The act of manipulating another into an intense desired emotional state; such as love, passion, anger, in order to absorb the resulting emotional energy.
Emotional Vampirism: includes such practices as learning what someone needs in a mate and accentuating those traits so the person thinks he or she is in love.
Emotional Blackmail: When the people in your life use fear, obligation, and guilt to manipulate you. It is a very powerful form of manipulation in which the person directly or indirectly threatens to punish you if you don’t compile with how they want you to
Some examples of things Emotional Blackmailers say are: „If you really loved me…“ „After all I’ve done for you…“ „How can you be so selfish…“ An emotional blackmail artist will use your vulnerabilities and deepest secrets against you.
Psychological manipulationis a type of social influence that aims to change the perception or behavior of others through underhanded, deceptive tactics. By advancing only the interests of the manipulator, often at the other’s expense, such methods could be considered exploitative, abusive, devious, and deceptive.

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