Let us focus on three conspicious examples to justify how emotional blackmail has become one of the dreaded malpractice in this new era.
From three scenarios hereunder, we can ascertain how manupulating people are, those close to us and how they threaten to punish us for not doing what they want.
(a) A wealthy father attempts to convince his son to marry the girl of his rank and status but the son prefers and insists to wed the poor girl he loves. The father decides to enact a tragic drama of heart attack thus playing upon the feelings and sensitivity of his son, and finally the son agrees to his father's choice. Will the son be happy to forego his true love ?
(b) Most youngsters are in love relationships, and this is the trend today. The lover impresses upon the girl's sensitivity and vice versa, such that the outcome is mutual consent to enter into a physical relationship. Use of mobiles phones, internet and facebook facilitate them.
(c) In any business organisation and political arena, alluring devices are often used to influence the decision of the victim on the basis of emotion. Here, the blackmailer's motive is to get the victim to meet his or her needs. It is sad that the victim is emotionally vulnerable and blind to the flaws of the blackmailer.
The above scenarios clearly illustrate how dreaded a crime is emotional blackmail. We can come across many other similar episodes in real life from time to time.
Hence it is obvious that emotional blackmail transcends all ages, genders and relationships. Shockingly, it is almost always someone we love and cherish who tries to coerce us into fulfilling their demands. For example, it could even be your best friend attempting to acquire your favourite thing by means of exploiting your affection for him/her.
Emotional blackmail is more harmful than normal blackmail, because in the latter you lose only your wealth but in the former you stand to lose your health. Health lost is truly devastating. Emotional blackmail is a recurrent feature as the blackmailer has the victim in an emotional stranglehold and uses every trick to meet his or her demands each time.
The victim's weaknesses are known...
Right from applying pressure tactics to warning you of dire consequences and from trying to bribe you with empty promises, to threatening to inflict self injury, he or she resorts to any means available to achieve the desired goals. Lack of will power and strong character will make us victim.
The magnitude may differ with regard to emotional blackmail and normal blackmail, but ultimately the element of harassment and subservience are applied in both.
In fact, for emotional blackmail to take place, the following characteristics are essential :
• The victim usually shares a close relationship with the blackmailer so that the victim's weaknesses are known very well to the blackmailer, who then proceeds to exploit these frailties for his or her own advantage.
• They make their demand sound justified. They will add all the self pitying worlds in their vocabulary to give the demand and emotional veneer.
It is also apparent from daily occurences the use of pressure tactics by the boss to his subordinate. No less is a business magnate. The blackmailer takes advantage of his or her influential position to make the subordinate do what they want them to do. Many business enterprises are not devoid from this sort of exploitation.
To stop a wrong doing, one needs to comprehend why the person is acting that way, without realising that his or her demands are unfair and impractical.
Furthermore, in a typical household, the husband blames the wife for their child's slipping grades and performance, declining health and unruly behaviour. Thus the matter is burdened with guilt from all ends. She tries to amend her mistake by pampering the child with toys. This step, instead of solving any problem, further complicates the situation. Both the mother and father should imply to the kids that gifts are not a substitute for love. Your child will surely cherish these moments much more than the toys you buy after you are held ransom.
Also, when you get an uneasy feeling and you have to squash your conscience while doing something, you should be alert that it is unreasonable demand. Disregard such resquests immediately. Be it any kind of blackmailer, he or she revels in the fact that you are alone and helpless and unable to pour your heart to anyone else.
Do not underestimate anyone : never ever make the mistake of thinking that a person you are close to will not want to take advantage of you. In real life, such examples are evidently seen. Finally, it is imperative to respect yourself. No matter what the blackmailer may tell you about yourself, you know your potentials and weaknesses best.