When the people in your life use fear, obligation, and guilt to manipulate you. It is a very powerful form of manipulation in which the person directly or indirectly threatens to punish you if you don't compile with how they want you to behave.

Some examples of things Emotional Blackmailers say are: "If you really loved me..." "After all I've done for you..." "How can you be so selfish..."
An emotional blackmail artist will use your vulberabilities and deepest secrets against you.
by OneBadAsp October 22, 2006
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When someone tries to get you to do something by suggesting that you will be hurting a loved one, a pet, etc etc.
"I think its insensitive, you shouldn't do it. BUT it's your decision, you do what you wanna do" ~ emotional blackmailing cunt.
by Le quatre cinq neuf September 10, 2019
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A form of blackmail that usually doesn't affect you directly, however makes you feel guilty if you do not do what the blackmailer wants.

Emotional blackmail often happens when someone refuses to be the blackmailer's boyfriend/girlfriend.
Emotional Blackmail often consists of crying, cutting themselves, or even as far as threatening to commit suicide.
by Tom Barnes May 13, 2006
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Hym "No... 'Emotional Blackmail' is using 'your kids' (in abstraction) to aggregate unearned power and grant yourself extra-judicial authority over other people. You're the ones who chose to subject them to reality. They aren't going to be safe either way, so, no... You don't get to be God unto Pharoah. End of discussion."
by Hym Iam April 27, 2023
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