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Unnecessary Turmoil: The Guilt and Manipulation Trap

Part Two

written by Morgan Field April 17, 2019
Unnecessary Turmoil: The Guilt and Manipulation Trap

This is Part Two of a two-part series. See Part One here.

Beware of the Guilt Trip and Manipulation Trap

In Part One, I ended by discussing what I should have said to the Chatty Cathy on the airplane.

When I finally told him that I needed to catch up on work, he said, “Oh, I am so sorry, I know I keep bothering you, I will stop bothering you now.”

Trap.

“Thanks!”

I went right back to reading.  I am well aware that he was fishing for a response that most others often respond to such a comment with; something like, “You’re not bothering me!” or, “It’s not you, it’s me,” etc. (All the things we have been conditioned to respond to such a trap with, so as not to hurt someone else feelings, even if that means that we have to sacrifice ourselves in the process.)

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