The Games We Play

Manipulation, guilt-trips, passive aggressiveness...oh the games we play. Do people around you resort to emotional extortion?

The Hidden Health Hazards of Toxic Relationships

By Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D.

Being around a toxic friend, partner, or co-worker can do real damage.

How to Handle Manipulators

By Suzanne Degges-White Ph.D.

You know what they want: Everything.

Never Be Manipulated Again

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A.

Beware of people who ask too much of you. Something deeper may be at play.

How to Spot a Flirt

By Theresa E DiDonato Ph.D.

Research finds that we’re surprisingly bad at recognizing flirtation.

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The Intriguing Upside of Manipulation

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The Psychology and Management of Guilt Trips

By Guy Winch Ph.D.