How do you know if you’re a victim of emotional blackmail?
You think you have a pretty good relationship overall, but those warning bells in your head have been growing louder lately.
You don’t want to call your S.O.’s behavior emotional extortion, but it often feels as though you’re performing at his or her behest with a proverbial knife to your throat.
There are good moments, though. And during those good moments, it’s tempting to think that, while your relationship has its challenges, you’re in a good place.
You’ve done what was requested of you, and you’re both riding an emotional high.
Until it ends. And it usually ends with the other person asking you to do something you don’t want to do or to buy something you don’t consider worth the expense — and then lashing out when you say “No” and attempt to explain why.