Welcome to episode fourteen where we get into what manipulation and control look like, their destructiveness in relationships, and how they relate to healthy boundary setting.
I believe manipulation is one of the most toxic behaviors in a relationship because you cannot feel emotionally safe or have trust when there is manipulation. It is dishonest and often invisible at first, so it can be so crazy-making and greatly impact your sense of self! It is not safe to be open and vulnerable and usually leads to tons of conflict and often an end to a relationship.
We also identify other forms of control that also can thwart connection. If you sense there is manipulation in your relationship, this is a great episode to help you identify it.
• Identify what emotional manipulation is and why it’s so toxic
• Look at fear-based control and where it comes from
• Contrast these with detaching and risking setting healthy limits to be more loving
I cannot simultaneously
set a boundary with you
take care of your feelings.
– Melody Beattie
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