Sunday, May 16, 2010

Emotional Blackmail

While surfing last week, I chanced upon an article:

Emotional blackmail are attempts to influence or control by manipulating emotions. Emotional blackmail often follows a cycle of :
Demands - Resistance - Pressure - Threats - Compliance - Repetition.

Emotional blackmailers use fear, obligation and guilt (FOG) in ensuring that the victim feels afraid to cross them, obligated to give them their way and feeling guilty if they don't.

• You feel dominated - your life feels controlled
• You feel intimidated by unreasonable demands
• You are attacked with words, laughter or threats
• You feel manipulated by guilt, fear or compassion

A blog chapter about how to deal with them was previously posted:

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