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  • Many horror stories exist out there that stem from one common cause:

  • Manipulation.

  • Even the word has a scary, slimy tone to it, but have no fear, Psych2Goer.

  • There are measures you can take to protect yourself. Here are 10 signs you're being manipulated.

  • Number one, they constantly make you prove yourself.

  • They never respect your boundaries and always ask for your love and attention.

  • They are usually impatient, demanding and selfish.

  • You often overextend yourself because you fear upsetting or letting them down.

  • They never let you off the hook and guilt-trip you into doing things for them, even if it's inconvenient for your schedule.

  • Two, they communicate passive-aggressively.

  • Manipulators are rarely ever direct with their sly and cunning behavior.

  • They prefer to communicate passive-aggressively and won't hesitate to talk about you behind your back.

  • This protects their good guy or good girl image.

  • If they also turn to a middleman to communicate for them, this shows they are afraid to confront you personally.

  • Manipulators desire control, which means they have a hard time facing their fears because it means letting go.

  • Three, they gaslight you.

  • Gaslighting is a manipulative technique that makes you feel like you can't rely on your own memory anymore.

  • When someone gaslights you, they will pretend like they didn't say something that hurt you in the past.

  • They will often twist the truth and reinvent it, which makes you question your sanity.

  • Gaslighting isn't just manipulative. It's a form of serious abuse that is dangerous.

  • To learn more about it, check out our video "10 Gaslighting Signs in an Abusive Relationship."

  • Four, they're always just joking.

  • It might seem harmless at first, but manipulators can take their jokes too far that end up hurting you.

  • When you stand up for yourself and confront them about it,

  • they will try to brush it off and tell you that you're being too sensitive.

  • Manipulators won't mind embarrassing you in public, either.

  • This gives them an audience, and they're experts at getting others to laugh at you with their jokes.

  • When you tell them to cut it out, they'll tell you that you're either making a scene or being a party pooper.

  • Five, they play the victim card.

  • When the two of you fight, manipulators will always make you feel like it's your fault.

  • They try to play the innocent victim who is badly hurt by your words and actions.

  • Manipulators are experts at looking like helpless small creatures.

  • They never believe they've done anything wrong.

  • As a result, you find yourself apologizing all the time because they avoid taking responsibility for their own mistakes.

  • Six, they kill you with kindness.

  • Manipulators will try to be the nice guy or nice girl and do favors for you that make you feel pressured to return them.

  • On the surface, they will buy you gifts or give you compliments.

  • But then, the next time you guys hang out, they might hint at wanting an expensive watch that's out of their budget.

  • In reality, they were only kind to you because they had other motives.

  • Seven, they make your problems feel small.

  • Manipulators always want the spotlight.

  • If you ever complain about a bad day you're having or all the difficult situations you're going through,

  • they will play the comparison game and minimize them by talking about their problems.

  • For instance, if you complain about a sunburn you got, they might talk about the aches and pains they got from exercising.

  • Manipulators do everything they can to get the attention they want, even if it means buying your pity.

  • Eight, they emphasize their calm, cool, and collected side.

  • If you express your anger and frustrations openly,

  • manipulators might keep calm just to make you feel like you're overreacting.

  • This technique makes them feel superior over you because they know you look like you're being dramatic, while they stay cool and detached.

  • They will be dismissive of your emotions and often refuse to talk to you until you've sorted your feelings out.

  • Nine, they use emotional blackmail.

  • If they tell you that they will die or harm themselves if you leave or break up with them,

  • then they are trying to gain control by threatening to hurt themselves.

  • This leaves you in a highly uncomfortable and unfair position, where you feel obligated to stay against your own will.

  • Not only is this toxic, but it risks their own health on the line.

  • It's best to contact the police before things get out of hand.

  • Ten, they take advantage of your trusting and sensitive nature.

  • Manipulators often target insecure, sensitive, and overly trusting individuals.

  • If you're usually told by others that you're too nice or tend to wear your heart on your sleeve,

  • take precaution and keep your vulnerability at bay.

  • Manipulators are skillful at spotting people pleasers, who often put their needs on hold to take care of others first.

  • Initially, it might seem like they care about you when they give you attention,

  • but later down the road, they'll start to use you for their own benefits.

  • It's their subtle way of luring you into their trap. So watch out!

  • Do you think you're being manipulated? Please share your thoughts with us below.

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  • Thanks for watching!

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    Evangeline posted on 2021/04/28
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