I have always had people in my life who have used emotional manipulation to get what they want. Sadly, emotional manipulation is all about control. 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 what they’ve said, by saying they didn’t say that at all. That’s when we begin to test and question our own memory, to verify that what they’ve said is what we’ve heard.
Sadly, they 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 manipulators recollection is often not a true reflection of events and how they happened.
Manipulators are good at making us feel guilty for just about everything. They’ll make us feel guilty for showing we care or for not caring enough. They’ll play with our emotions. 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.