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How Do I Protect Myself From Manipulation?

A counseling professor told a woman in one of Larry’s lab groups, “Your tears don’t move me.” His words stunned the group, but the woman stopped crying. “Those were tears of frustration,” he explained. “They weren’t tears of brokenness.”

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I’ve thought of that many times when someone’s tears haven’t moved me and wondered what was behind them. Crocodiles shed tears when they eat their prey, but not from regret or sorrow. Some people use tears to manipulate. Others use flattery. If that doesn’t work, they pout or explode to get us to follow their script.

Emotional pain is real. And manipulators use it to control us—if we...CLICK TO TWEET

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Comment by Ann Musico on February 28, 2017 at 12:13pm

An excellent post Debbie. Having adult children I am learning to relate to them in a new way. There are definitely times when I could see how someone could slip into that manipulative mode – I am so careful to respect their boundaries and their time and allow them to live their lives as God is leading them. I want them to want to spend time with us – not feel guilty and pressured to do so.

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