Darren Williger pulls the cover off emotional blackmail—an insidious manipulation tactic in relationships that can be difficult to detect.
Does your partner say or do things that twist you in knots, but you feel as if you’re the one who tied yourself up? All relationships depend on healthy negotiation and persuasion for mutual need fulfillment. But emotional blackmailers put us on the defensive, make us think we’re wrong, and use FOG (fear, obligation, and guilt) to get us to do what they want. Learning how to spot and stop emotional blackmail will save your psyche from being crushed by people who will stop at nothing to get their needs met.Photo—Darren Williger/YouTube