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8 WAYS TO DETECT EMOTIONAL BLACKMAIL SIGNS

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Emotions make you so You must understand how you can be manipulated by Emotional Blackmail. Emotional blackmail can be a method kind of trick to the people to hurt and manipulate, or take advantage of any kind whether intentionally or unintentionally.

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Emotional blackmail is when someone uses our weaknesses, secrets, and vulnerabilities against us to get exactly what they want from us.

Psychological manipulation can take many forms, and often involves the use of guilt.

Relationships, whether couple or less associated with effective ties , are always complex

This means that, while it is true that they allow us the option of creating very well established friendships and love affairs, they also leave a wide margin for things to go wrong for a variety of reasons.

The different types of emotional blackmail that exist realize how complicated those relationships are, since they are a way of making us feel guilty for what happened in the past, when what has really happened is not a reason to feel bad about yourself.

there are ways to get us to look back at a trajectory of events that almost forces us to do what the other person wants.

The types of emotional blackmail

In this article we will see what are those types of emotional blackmail and what are the ideas and messages that are hidden behind them.

1. obviously present but avoided issues

The concept of “elephant in the room” refers to an idea or fact that, although it is important and is present in the thoughts of all the people involved , is not addressed, we avoid talking about it.

In the same way, a type of emotional blackmail is precisely based on pretending a so-called normality in such a forced way that it is clear that there is something wrong, the subject being “canceled” some kind of conflict that both members of a relationship know and they should talk to solve it.

The fact that someone acts before another person in a way that shouts the existence of a taboo is something that creates a rarefied atmosphere in which the conflict is intuited all the time and, therefore, the guilt does not leave us.

2. Self-punishment

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Punishing oneself before the other member of the couple is one of the most popular forms of emotional blackmail , due to its simplicity and its emotional impact.

In addition, the negative implications of self-punishment are so strong that it is even possible to fake them, since the possibility that someone is suffering means that many times we do not stop to critically analyze whether it is true or not. 

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For example, one person can pretend to make a sacrifice to answer the other, without that sacrifice existing : he says that he planned to go see his parents and will not be able to do it, but perhaps he did not even feel like doing it.

3. manipulate by psychological means- Gaslighting

Gaslighting is a very frequent type of manipulation in abusive contexts . 

It consists of making the other person believe that their mental capacities do not make them capable of knowing what is really happening, and that what they think are reasons for anger are not really so.

For example, convincing the other person that they were never promised something when it actually happened, and blaming them for making up memories. 

This phenomenon makes the other person feel bad about himself and believes that it is the other person who is having a lot of patience .

4. Suicidal threats

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It is very important to make clear that not all statements related to the possibility of committing suicide are a form of emotional blackmail

In fact, most people who kill themselves warn earlier. That is why in any case, in the face of reactions of this type (for example, in the context of a breakup) it is very important to seek professional help.

5. Mercantilist blackmail

It is a type of blackmail in which one tries to induce guilt by underlining events that apparently can be interpreted as sacrifices that have been made by the other person. 

For example, pay a few drinks, or purchasing some clothes for you. The logic behind this reasoning is that everything that at first seemed to be a spontaneous display of kindness actually had a price, one that is decided a posterior at the convenience of the blackmailer.

6. Verbal abuse

Verbal abuse is considered a form of mistreatment, but it also has a facet as a type of emotional blackmail. 

This is so because through insults and contempt the other person gets the idea that he is worth nothing , that his own judgment does not matter and that, therefore, the best thing to do is to obey. Self- esteem looks very resentful.

7. Blackmail of needs

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Some people try to emotionally blackmail others using a type of discourse whereby they have “basic needs” that they need to meet, something they cannot fight against. 

This makes being forced to satisfy them seem like the most reasonable thing to do, and failing to do so would create guilt.

8. Appropriation

This type of emotional blackmail is typical of some relationships. It is based on the idea that there is a part that protects the other, which in practice means that one of the people must be controlled by his partner . 

To question this would be to undermine the well-being of the relationship, so no attempt is made to break this dynamic.

A true relationship depends upon dedications, But don’t be judgmental so early. sometimes people need time or second chance. Be Clear about what you think. Clearness and humbleness are both key of sustainability.

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