Toxic Manipulation

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Emotional manipulation is a toxic behavior seen in many relationships, whether romantic or otherwise. It involves the use of subtle or overt tactics to control and influence the emotions, thoughts, and actions of the other person, often at the expense of their well-being. Today I want to talk about the different methods toxic people use to control those around them and how to prevent it from happening to you. Or, for some of you, how to spot the signs and put an end to those tactics.

Guilt-Tripping

Guilt-tripping in relationships is the act of manipulating a partner into feeling guilty or responsible for things they may not have done. It is a toxic behavior that can damage relationships and cause emotional distress. Some examples are

-the silent treatment.

-playing the victim

- and bringing up past mistakes

Guilt tripping can be damaging to both parties in a relationship. The person who is guilt tripping may experience short-term satisfaction from getting their way or making their partner feel guilty, but in the long-term, it can erode the trust and respect in the relationship. The person on the receiving end of guilt tripping may experience feelings of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. They may feel like they are constantly walking on eggshells or afraid to express themselves for fear of triggering another guilt trip.

Gaslighting

Gaslighting involves one partner causing the other to doubt their own thoughts, memories, and perceptions. The term “gaslighting” comes from the 1938 play Gas Light, in which a husband manipulates his wife into believing that she is losing her mind by slowly dimming the gas lights in their home and denying that the lights are changing.

Gaslighting in a relationship might involve lying, or downplaying your partner’s feelings, experiences and even accomplishments. Blaming your partner for things that are not their fault, or constantly contradicting them will slowly but surely begin to make them doubt their own perceptions and believe that they are actually wrong when they are completely right. Eventually, your worn down to the point that you start believing you are actually crazy since you always seem to be wrong in every action.

Cruel Humor

Cruel humor is a widespread tactic used by many individuals to control and dominate others. It is often ignored or dismissed as a form of playful teasing or banter, but in reality, it can be damaging and hurtful.

Humor is a powerful tool that can be used to create a sense of bonding and connection between individuals. However, when humor is used to belittle or degrade others, it can have the opposite effect, creating feelings of shame, embarrassment, and worthlessness. Everything needed in order to fully be in control of someone else's mind. The end goal here is to strip away all self-esteem and confidence. Jokes about a person's appearance, intelligence, or abilities begin to cause feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness.

Passive Aggression

Passive aggression involves things like complying to a demand, but in an indirect, or insincere manner. Sulking, procrastinating or sarcasm with strong negative connotations can all be easily accomplished without saying a single word. Avoiding any and all direct confrontation is key, which will eventually lead to complete control of whatever issue is at hand.

Controlling who the other person interacts with or spends time with will eventually become necessary in order to isolate and prevent anybody trying to undo the manipulators mind control. This will naturally evolve into a strong dependency that the victim will have no control over whatsoever. At this point, once the manipulator can see he or she is needed, they begin withholding affection and support while the victim is left confused and hurt while loving them more and more.

If you suspect that you or someone you know is being emotionally manipulated, it's important to seek help. Reach out to friends and family that you are sure have always loved you and ask for help. They even have hotlines you can call if you find yourself too alone or scared to find help in person.

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For most people, the act of seeing the manipulation take place while fully aware of it is enough to snap them back to reality and put an end to the chaos. Once the spell is broken, the only option left is to get as far from the toxicity as humanly possible and pray that your road to recovery is short and lacking all toxicity you became accustomed to as you rebuild your spiritual wellness.

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