When emotional hooks are thrown, they make the recipient feel uncomfortable and off-balance. There’s this nagging feeling that “I can’t put my finger on it, but something isn’t quite right here.” This may be accompanied by feelings of false guilt. I might feel like I’m “being bought” with gifts, so I think I’m expected to give this person what they want (whether I really want to or not!).
Emotional hooks are a form of bullying, in a passive-aggressive way. The hooks get bigger, more frequent, and more demanding. I feel suffocated and pressured. But somehow I feel guilty if I don’t give into the demands of the one who is throwing me the emotional hooks.
Fishing with emotional hooks is a game some people play. I have learned to smell the bait when it comes along. I choose not to take the bait, and not to play the game. I walk away.
Content Originally Published By: Amy T. @ Blogspot.com