7 Common Manipulative Phrases and How To Shut Them Down

7. “I know you don’ want kids right now, but let’s try anyways. I just want us to be a family.”

Family can take many different forms. The common thread between them is a feeling of mutual respect. I have the right to choose how many children we have, and when we have them. I will tell you when I am ready.

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As C.J. Roberts wrote in Seduced in the Dark, “I’ve been doing this a long time- manipulating people to get my way. That’s why you think you love me. Because I’ve broken you down and built you back up to believe it. It wasn’t an accident. Once you leave this behind, you’ll see that.” Sometimes it takes removing yourself from manipulation to see it for what it is. Sometimes it only takes one well placed rebuttal to shut it down. Be wary of manipulation, and don’t be afraid to leave. Only you have the right to control your own life.


Originally appeared on IHeartIntelligence

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