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Emotional Blackmail : When the People in Your Life Use Fear, Obligation and Guilt to Manipulate You

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"If you really loved me..."

"After all I've done for you..."

"How can you be so selfish..."

Do any of the above sound familiar? They're all examples of emotional blackmail, a powerful form of manipulation in which people close to us threaten to punish us for not doing what they want. Emotional blackmailers know how much we value our relationships with them. They know our vulnerabilities and our deepest secrets. They are our mothers, our partners, our bosses and coworkers, our friends and our lovers. And no matter how much they care about us, they use this intimate knowledge to give themselves the payoff they want: our compliance.

Susan Forward knows what pushes our hot buttons. Just as John Gray illuminates the communications gap between the sexes inMen Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, and Harriet Lerner describes an intricate dynamic inThe Dance of Anger, so Susan Forward presents the anatomy of a relationship damaged by manipulation, and gives readers an arsenal of tools to fight back. In her clear, no-nonsense style, Forward provides powerful, practical strategies for blackmail targets, including checklists, practice scenarios and concrete communications techniques that will strengthen relationships and break the blackmail cycle for good.

A therapist and lecturer helps readers fight back against the people in their lives who manipulate their emotions, with specific steps, checklists, and practice scenarios for confronting emotional blackmailers. Reprint.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 252.0
Genre: Self Improvement
Sub-Genre: General
Format: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins
Author: Susan Forward & Susan Forware & Donna Frazier
Language: English
Street Date: March 1, 1998
TCIN: 11960687
UPC: 9780060928971
Item Number (DPCI): 248-29-4116

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