If Your Man Does These 5 Things, You're Being Manipulated

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5 Traumatic Signs Of Manipulation In A Relationship

The worst part of being manipulated in a relationship is that quite often you don’t even notice the signs of manipulation. Manipulative people twist your thoughts, actions, wants and desires into something that better suits how they see the world and they mold you into someone that serves their own purposes.

Scary, right?

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Here are 5 signs of manipulation to look out for in your relationship:

1. He makes you feel guilty — for everything.

Manipulation always starts with guilt. If he can convince you to feel guilty for your actions (even when you've done nothing wrong), then he knows you'll be more willing to do what he says.

“I mean sure, I guess dinner was OK. It wasn't what I was hoping for and I would have rather done something different but I guess as long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters. I love you and it’s important to me that you are happy, even if that means setting aside what I want.”

See what he did there? How he turned that around you? On the surface, he makes it seem like he's a loving boyfriend but spoiler alert: guilt is not love.

Manipulators also try and make you believe that they're doing a better job of “loving you” so that you'll be more willing to set aside what you want in order to feel like you “love him just as much.” It's a sick mind game.

2. He forces his insecurities on you.

Manipulators will often force their own insecurities on you in an effort to control how you react towards him. “I’ve been cheated on before and that’s why I don’t want you to have any male friends. You can understand that, right?” Yes, of course, you can understand that (and you should be conscious of his insecurities), but his struggles should not define the functionality of your relationship.

"I'm sorry I acted that way but I'm just so scared that you will leave me!" is an excuse that's often used by manipulators when you point out flaws in his actions. The sheer purpose of that excuse is to take the focus off of your worries and suck you back into this.

There's a fine line between showing consideration for his feelings and being manipulated into feeling what he wants you to feel. Consideration is shown with love while manipulation is ruled by guilt.

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3. He makes you doubt yourself.

Want to know why it's so easy for him to be manipulated? Because he's gaslit you to the point where you no longer trust yourself. That's right, manipulators take your insecurities and use them against you. They consistently point out what you're doing “wrong” and how they could have done it better.

They point out your weaknesses, then show you that with their help, you can do better, be better. They slowly convince you they have your best interests in mind, but they don’t. They have their best interests in mind. And in order to keep their wants and needs at the forefront of your relationship, they gently twist your thinking until you look to him for guidance on everything.

Once that happens, manipulators can make you basically do whatever they want you to because you now trust them more than you trust yourself.

4. He makes you responsible for his own emotions.

Manipulators are ironic in the sense that they spend quite a bit of time making you feel as if you can’t think for yourself but then turn around and make you responsible for all of their emotions. If they feel sad, it’s probably because you made them feel that way. If they're angry, well, you had better check yourself because you obviously did something wrong.

For as much as they take away from you and for as much as they make you believe that you're totally incapable of controlling your own life, they expect you to be responsible for how they feel. Insane.

5. He makes you believe that you want what he wants.

We all start out relationships with requirements and deal breakers — it’s natural. As you start to blend two lives, compromises are made. What's not normal: When you have to completely set aside what you want and need in an effort to appease your partner.

If you start to realize your partner’s needs are being met far more often than yours are, you might be married to a manipulator.

Are you giving in to what he wants out of feelings of guilt or because he has made you feel responsible for the way he feels? Have you given up what you want because he's made you believe that you should want something else? If you have answered “yes” to any of those questions, you might want to reconsider the relationship.

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Eden Strong is a regular contributor to many different sites. She is the founder of a nonprofit that serves abused women and morr of her writing can be found on her blog.