7 Ways Abusers Manipulate Others
Abusers slowly affect others with drawn-out manipulative strategies that are hard to escape from once involved. The sooner you open your eyes, the better.
Why do we go back to people who have abused us? Why do we go back after being attacked? The answers can be found in the many manipulative strategies abusers use.
These strategies are subtle. In the heat of the moment, they overwhelm us with confusion and desperation. At times like this, we are more fragile and easier to manipulate than ever.
In this article, we want to take a look at some of the manipulative strategies abusers use. Maybe they are being used on you. Sometimes, we even use them ourselves without noticing.
This happens because, deep down inside of us, we want things to happen a certain way.
1. If you don’t do what I want, I’ll get angry
When the other person feels like they can’t defend themselves, they choose to get angry. This especially happens when they feel offended or intimidated.
By doing this, they turn the situation upside down. They try to make you feel like you are to blame for the situation. This is done so you’re the one apologizing and pressured to change your actions.
All this is done without you realizing you are putting yourself at their mercy.
2. You aren’t right, I never said that
This is one of the most painful and confusing forms of manipulation. Abusers use phrases like “I never said that” or “don’t you remember what you were saying?” These tactics make the victim doubt their own reality.
What the abuser wants is for the victim to doubt themselves. Eventually, they will even go against their own wishes and desires.
This happens often. As a result, some victims of abuse will talk to friends and voice their own perspective of the situation. By doing this, they can figure out if it is all a product of their imagination or not.
3. I did it because… I love you?
Be careful of this justification. Especially if it is used to defend abusive punches, kicks, or insults.
If a person raises their hand against you, if they try to manipulate or control you, if they try to keep you from moving around freely, if they are constantly showing jealousy or trying to humiliate you, be careful… This isn’t love.
Loving someone unconditionally is very different from obsessive control. When we truly love someone, it doesn’t matter if they are with us or not.
What matters most is that our partner is happy.
4. If you do that, you know what’ll happen
There are some phrases abusers use for emotional blackmail. They look like “if you don’t do it now, it’ll happen the next time” or “if you won’t go out with me, I’ll kill myself.”
By doing this, the abuser wants the victim to feel responsible. And in truth, most of the time they are full of hot air.
The abuser is trying to scare the other person into going out with them. Even though it isn’t what the victim wants, the abuser craves the control.
5. I swear I’ll never do it again
Often, if your partner hurts or abuses you, they promise they’ll change. Believe us, it won’t happen.
Be careful when your partner raises their hand against you and tries to control or manipulate you. At this point, confidence, love, and respect have gone out the door.
It’s nice to think that people can change. But, in this case, it is just a fantasy. If they’ve already hit you once, there is nothing to stop them from doing it again.
6. You have to give me an answer now
All abusers try to keep you from taking time to think and rationalize. By doing this they ensure their victory.
Because of this, it is important that you get some room. Fight for the space that you need to get a good perspective on the situation.
Abusers insist that you decide things on the spot. This is nothing more than one of their many manipulation strategies.
7. Your friends aren’t good for you
Abusers know that they should keep their victim from their friends and loved ones. These are all people who can help the victim escape.
Because of this, they will try to keep you from the people you love the most. They may start fabricating stories about these people to change your view of them.
Soon, you start to think that you don’t need your friends. You may even think that your partner is the only one you need to focus on. This happens when you think that everyone else isn’t that important.
Be careful… In this situation, you’re under the control of a true manipulator.
What sticks out the most about this last point is you don’t notice what has happened until it’s too late. This happens because the abuser takes time to act slowly, instead of all at once.
They start by slowly getting angry, making you doubtful, saying “I love you” and using other tricks. All of this is done to make sure you fall into their net.
The sooner you open your eyes, the better.