The Psychology and Management of Guilt Trips

A guilt trip is a type of verbal or nonverbal communication in which one person tries to induce guilty feelings in another to control his or her behavior. Defined like this, it becomes clear that the guilt trip is a technique of psychological manipulation and coercion, though we rarely think of them in such stark terms. Since we don’t think of guilt trips as being as negatively manipulative as they are, guilt trip inducers often fail to realize that while a guilt trip might be successful in getting the target to change their behavior, they also create feelings of resentment in the person being manipulated.


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