I have always had people in my life who have used emotional manipulation to get what they want. Emotional manipulation is all about control. But we can free ourselves from its grasp as long as we understand and stop it early enough.
Those who choose to manipulate in this way will say something, and when confronted will deny they said it at all. Sadly, it doesn’t end there, when it’s done for long enough, we will then we begin to test and question our own memory, to verify that what they’ve said is what we’ve heard.
Those who manipulate will never take responsibility. To us, they may seem vulnerable, open, even sensitive, but it’s usually a ploy for their own personal gain, and the manipulator’s recollection is often not a true reflection of events.
Manipulators are good at making us feel guilty at just about everything, including showing we care, or not caring enough. They will play with our emotions. And unfortunately, as they constantly play the victim card alongside their guilt-trip, they will continue to play with our emotions.
They will usually stop at nothing to try to change the attitude or behaviour of others, by using deceptive, devious or abusive means, but we must be completely educated in recognising the signs of their behaviour.