Partner? Parent? Sibling? Child? Someone holding you as an emotional hostage? SEE THE SIGNS!
You may be making excuses for their behavior, and not seeing their destructive, manipulative ways. You need to clearly recognize these signs of emotional terrorists in action so you can clearly refuse to let them take you hostage.
You can become a hostage so slowly that you actually did so willingly. You thought it was compromise, collaboration, and the loving thing to do. You may not have thought of it as abusive…and, now is the time to find out what’s really going on.
Emotional terrorists traffic in fear, obligation, guilt, anxiety, and hypervigilance. Do those sound familiar? You really NEED to know these signs!
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS EPISODE:
- How emotional terrorists are similar to other kinds of terrorists <sigh!>
- What emotional terrorists do to hold you hostage
- How your empathy can be played upon by Hijackals and other emotional terrorists
- Why it’s important to not take on board what they say about you
- How recognizing these signs of emotional terrorism can help you to strengthen your resolve to say NO to emotional abuse
I’m here to help. Let’s talk soon.
Here’s some more information about Emotional Terrorists:
Emotional terrorism is abuse that involves psychologically manipulating, coercing, or intimidating another person. Moreso, it includes excuses to justify the behavior and avoiding taking responsibility for it. Emotional terrorists often use excuses such as “you made me do it” or “I had no other choice.”
It’s not uncommon to experience “unexplained” anger, guilt, fear, low self-esteem and depression when you’ve been barraged by this kind of behavior. Classic signs of emotional terrorism include the abuser denying their own behavior or blaming you for it; using threats to control or manipulate; isolating you from family or friends; monitoring or spying on your activities; and verbal or, even, physical abuse.
If this is happening to you or someone you know, it is important to be gentle with yourself or another – and to understand that it can be difficult for to break away from the cycle of abuse.By gaining knowledge and skills, victims of emotional terrorism can become empowered to take back control of their lives.
If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional terrorism, reach out for help. You don’t have to cope with it on your own.
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