30 Covert Emotional Manipulation Tactics

“KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. Gain your power back learning to recognize when someone is trying to take it away. I am a survivor of a very skilled covert emotional manipulator. Trying to regain mental health and undo the damage caused by such veiled abuse has been the most challenging thing I have faced in my life. This book is clearly written and very powerful in that it helps arm you against becoming entangled with such dangerous people in the future.” ~ Dahlia, Amazon Reader


Learn the manipulator’s game, so they can’t play it with you.

Covert emotional manipulation tactics are underhanded methods of control.

Emotional manipulation methodically wears down your self-worth and self-confidence, and damages your trust in your own perceptions. It can make you unwittingly compromise your personal values, which leads to a loss of self-respect and a warped self-concept. With your defenses weakened or completely disarmed in this manner, you are left even more vulnerable to further manipulation.

A skilled emotional manipulator gets you to put your sense of self-worth and emotional well-being into their hands. Once you make that grave mistake, they methodically and continually chip away at your identity and self-esteem until there’s little left.

Don’t let a manipulator get the upper hand. Get the book and learn the tactics they use against you so you can avoid — or end — an abusive relationship, and prevent yourself from getting into another one. 

 LEARN THE TACTICS

What people say after reading 30 Covert Emotional Manipulation Tactics

You can find all of these reviews, and many more, on Amazon

“Impressive! Short, direct, and thought-provoking. I only wish I had read it years ago! Every young person should read this before dating!”

“It told me in a very concise format what I haven’t learned from two years of very expensive psychoanalysis AND a Master’s degree in Counseling. I’m not crazy! My intuition was not wrong.”

“Helped my son see who his girlfriend really is… he was so confused and now has clarity to end the relationship before it goes further. She fit the descriptions perfectly… always saying he had issues and was too sensitive to her blatant cruelty, never apologizing, always blaming him. Concise and clear info which came from someone other than mom. Thank you so much!”

“Eye opening for sure! This was like reading a textbook of my doubts, fears, and insecurities. I can finally be free from the bondage.”

“The book delivers on its title. It describes manipulation techniques and the devastating impacts on the victim. Provides what people must watch out for and avoid.”

“This is spot-on coming from a former wife of an expert covert manipulator. Very thorough publication that helped me to realize others know about manipulators like my ex-husband. They are not a figment of my imagination. His destructive behavior often made me feel as though I was losing my mind… Thankful for the willingness of authors, like Adelyn Birch, who puts into words the craziness that I survived and thankfully, escaped. Highly recommend this and I so regret my children have not yet been willing to read and understand. They are still living in denial, sadly, as I was for more than three decades. Desiring for others to have their ‘blinders’ removed to see manipulation for what it truly is. Thank you Adelyn Birch, from the bottom of my healing heart!”

“Five Stars. Where was this book before!”

“BRAVO! Everyone should read this. If your’re in a controlling relationship, man or woman, this will help you spell it out. Don’t let these people in at ANY cost. It’s not worth your LIFE.”

“Amazing! A Must Have! This book is amazing and so spot on! It’s beautifully and accurately written. This book truly teaches you how to recognize emotional abuse and manipulation tactics easily and effectively. It is well laid out and easy to refer to. Whenever you feel like you’re being manipulated, you can easily page through it and find the tactic being used. Knowledge is power and just knowing that what the other person is doing, is manipulation, helps you so much to be able to process and deal with it. But it also helps you to see things more clearly and may be the push you need to get out of a bad situation. It may even show you that your situation is worse than you realized… In my opinion this book is a must-have. It should be required reading and everyone should read this book. Well worth the $4.50… I believe that everyone should own this book. I am planning to buy several copies for friends and family as well. This book has helped me to see things so much more clearly and I am so glad I found this book. I have literally read it and reread it as well. It is so easy to read because it’s jam-packed with information and there is no filler, it really is all content and invaluable content at that. I don’t think this book will ever become unnecessary, I think it will always be an invaluable resource. I want to always have this resource available to me.”

“Very insightful. I liked how the author cut right to the meat. If I had my way this book would be required high school and/or college reading.”

“Wow. What a sap I’ve been. I’ve been victimized by a control freak domineering wife for nearly 30 years. I knew I was passive but I had no idea how cutthroat she really was. Very eye opening.”

“This short and direct work is worth your time. In many lives people get worked over without ever knowing it. Some of us are used by ‘friends’ over and over yet we don’t see it. This book points out a lot of things we should be very aware of in order for successful relationships. Well done.”

“This book pulls no punches nor beats around the bush. Step by step definitions without being preachy. Easy to read without being a professional.”

“Great! This is one of those great little books that you come across once in a while. The book is short because it left all the bulls**t and fillers out!”

“This book is concise, well-written, and cuts to the core quickly – great information.”

“Great resource. Very accurate and to the point book. Everybody should read it. I regret I’m reading it so late in life. Better to read it in late teens-early twenties.”

“Psych RN Rates phenomenal read. In metropolitan practice seeing lots of psychopathology for two plus decades. But I needed this refresher for MY life! Clear, concise, to the point and on target. Bravo to the Author.”

“WOW! Sit down before you read this book! A very enlightening read!”

“Shocking…This book has helped me understand that it is not my fault. I have been controlled. This has helped me stop my endless loop of self recrimination over the failure of my marriage.”

“A clear, concise accounting of the many ways you can be manipulated, but without blaming the victim. You are not stupid or weak! If you’ve ever had that funny feeling in your stomach, like you don’t know quite how things got turned around on you, read this book! Manipulators can make you think and feel as though YOU are the one with a problem. Check it out, then GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN!”

“Nothing short of EXCELLENT!”

“If you’ve discovered you are being manipulated, you are probably experiencing more than one tactic is being used against you. Read this book for the full menu of tactics and when in question refer back to it.”

“I strongly recommend this easy to read, uncomplicated, well researched hand-book. This book will help you heal from any negative past relationships, regardless of whether the relationship was romantic, friendship, employer, parent or a family member; and it can help keep you from entering into, enduring or continuing physical and emotional abuse. Prior to becoming an RN I was in a very confusing, controlling and abusive marriage. Prior to that, I had the same type of maternal parent (only she was more diabolical, may she RIP). So, even a child/adolescent would benefit reading this book. When an employer’s main focus was to get me to disclose issues in my personal life and then, she began to focus negatively on my personal choices (non-work related) I was able to walk away before she could professionally cause harm. If I had read this book, I would have recognized the warning signs that I ignored during interview and would have refused the position.”

“I strongly recommend this easy to read, uncomplicated, well researched hand-book. This book will help you heal from any negative past relationships, regardless of whether the relationship was romantic, friendship, employer, parent or a family member; and it can help keep you from entering into, enduring or continuing physical and emotional abuse. Prior to becoming an RN I was in a very confusing, controlling and abusive marriage. Prior to that, I had the same type of maternal parent (only she was more diabolical, may she RIP). So, even a child/adolescent would benefit reading this book. When an employer’s main focus was to get me to disclose issues in my personal life and then, she began to focus negatively on my personal choices (non-work related) I was able to walk away before she could professionally cause harm. If I had read this book, I would have recognized the warning signs that I ignored during interview and would have refused the position.”

“I am alive again! I was experiencing hell only just yesterday. I was being tortured on a daily basis for almost 4 years. As I began reading it, I immediately felt relief and peace as I understood I was a victim of ALL the tactics explained in this book. You can be killed and still be alive. I have been enlightened and will move forward. Today I woke up happy, energetic and grateful to have a second chance at life! Teenage and women magazines and TV shows should recommend books like this. It can save your life. It has saved mine.”

“Clearly written by a person who has lived with manipulators of all sorts. If you’ve ever thought you were crazy, or if you just can’t figure out what’s going on with a person in your life, this book can help.”

“This book helped me name so many of the experiences I have had in a manipulative relationship. It was so valuable to me.”

“Clear, concise, accurate portrayal of complex subject matter impacting many people. I appreciate the accessibility to the general public of a topic that is often overlooked, but impacts morale not only in romantic relationships, but in the family, at work and in myriad social situations.”

“Short read, lifetime value.
Devastatingly accurate insights and advice for both recognizing the signs, and overcoming the underhanded nature, of covert manipulation.”

“Outstanding book. Gave in-depth insight of recognizing manipulation. Only wish I would have read before the years of thinking I was just “crazy” and questioning my own reality. Highly recommend for everyone to read.”

“I read this book yesterday and it is a keeper. I think all high school students should be required to read this before entering the big world. This book is short and to the point! It is something you can re-read to make sure you stay sharp. I’m starting a program to help women who face emotional abuse healing. This is required reading for the program!”

“You’ve gotta read this. I wish I’d learned this 40 years ago! Short, succinct and excellent info!”

“This concise book is the most informative book of its kind I have read–it’s in a class by itself. It’s an easy read as well. Her other titles were placed on my list immediately.”

JUST FIGURING OUT YOU MIGHT NOT ACTUALLY BE CRAZY? START YOUR RESEARCH WITH THIS BOOK!

This is by far the easiest-to-assimilate book of its genre–and I’ve seen a lot of them. I’ve been extensively researching narcissism, gas lighting and various psychological disorders. I wanted to understand how a strong, formerly independent and powerful woman could inexplicably become weak, powerless, jealous, and insecure in a relationship that started out so promisingly… If you’ve ever been completely frustrated by someone, but when you try to explain it to someone else – or when you confront that person, you can’t convey a solid reason – guess what? You might not be “crazy” — you might be susceptible to subtle manipulation that boggles your mind and makes you tear your hair out.

The beauty of this book is in its simplicity. The layout and writing are excellent for someone just figuring out that they might be the victim of controlling personalities. It’s 60 awesome pages, and you can easily spot the specific issues you are personally experiencing. These results then help you narrow down the specific issues that apply to you personally, so you can research them further. There are also a lot of references in it to help you further your study. This book is a big wake-up call – BUY IT.”

“I feel like I just had an epiphany. I can’t believe how much some of this information applies to my life.”

“This author nails it. Some examples were direct quotes from people I know, so I know I am not alone in having been manipulated. It is directly applicable to my life and gives excellent guidance for how to recognize and therefore avoid manipulations in the future. I am recommending it to a number of my friends.”

“Impressive! Short, direct, and thought-provoking. I only wish I had read it years ago! Every young person should read this before dating!”

“I did not realize how detrimental this type of abuse was until I experienced it myself. This book brought to light the true culprit of the issues and manipulation I went through in my past relationship. It has freed me from the emotional entanglement since reading and I finally feel like me again. Thank you!”

“If you’re wondering, “Gee, should I read this book?” The answer is YES. It should be required for every human adult’s relationship toolkit.”

“Short and right to the point. This book provides instant clarity.”

“Must-read for anyone who interacts with other people, ever! VERY useful information everyone should be aware of!”

“The book is not full of rhetoric situations of other people’s lives. The author does not fill the pages with information that you do not need or can’t benefit from. It is straightforward. The author tells you exactly what you need to hear. To the author, again thank you for opening my eyes.”

“Excellent! A must read for anyone that is lost in a relationship. I would like to thank the author for an eye opening experience! This book has clarified more for me than I have ever understood in my entire life time. I am a victim of emotional abuse and have been muddling thru life in familial, romantic relationships as well as friendships. Why? because I am kind and thoughtful, the type of person that would give you the shirt off her back. It doesn’t matter what type of relationship that you are in, it can be straight couples gay couples, relationships between family member, co workers, any kind of relationship, you must read this book. It will be as if a light switch was turned on in your brain and your soul is sitting up and paying attention.”

“Great and helpful! A must read if you want to know how manipulators do what they do. You’ll be able to take your life back!”

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