Alan Godwin – Emotional Manipulation: Effective Strategies to Manage the Manipulator & Empower Their Victims

Alan Godwin – Emotional Manipulation: Effective Strategies to Manage the Manipulator & Empower Their Victims

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Alan Godwin
6 Hours 7 Minutes
Audio and Video
Oct 18, 2019



The Manipulator’s Mind – Why Traditional Treatment Doesn’t Work

  • What is emotional manipulation?
  • Key personality differences and deficiencies at the heart of emotional manipulation
  • Framework to identify manipulative tactics
  • Elements of manipulation associated with disordered and non-disordered individuals
  • Radically different approach needed for therapeutic success

Manipulative Relationship Dynamics

  • Identify healthy vs. manipulative relationships
  • Explore characteristics of attraction, dependency, and role participation
  • Codependency and addiction
  • Who stays, who leaves, and why?
  • How an emotional manipulator operates
    • Tactics used to evade responsibility and manipulate others
    • Cognitive distortions and common thinking errors
  • Short- and long-term psychological damage
  • When attempts to manipulate don’t succeed

Qualities and Commonly Exploited Vulnerabilities of Their Victims

  • Naïve expectations
  • Trusting and wanting to please
  • Empathic and feeling overly responsible
  • Trying to reason with an unreasonable person
  • Perceive bad qualities of manipulators as strengths
  • Common ways emotional manipulators test for these vulnerabilities

Techniques to Counter Manipulation & Empower Victims to Become Survivors

  • Recognize the manipulation process
  • Re-structure cognitive distortions
  • Create healthy boundaries and set limits
  • Respond instead of react
  • Make direct requests, expect direct responses
  • Judge actions, not intentions
  • Explore their own vulnerabilities and identify risk factors
  • Acknowledge relational limitations
  • Resources for ongoing support

Maximize Therapeutic Gains with a Manipulative Client

  • Accurately assess your client’s personality characteristics
  • Re-define your therapeutic approach
  • 5 signs your client is manipulating you
  • Techniques to manage thinking errors and manipulative tactics
  • Strategies for common therapy-interfering behaviors
    • Manage countertransference
    • Handle boundary violations
    • Stay calm when your buttons are pushed


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Alan Godwin, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice with nearly 30 years of experience. Certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution, he has dedicated himself to helping individuals, couples, churches, and businesses develop better ways of handling conflict. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Godwin serves on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate Counseling Department of Trevecca University in Nashville, TN, where he teaches a class for doctoral students entitled “Psychodynamic Psychotherapies.” He has also taught undergraduates and has guest lectured in the Marriage and Family department.

Additionally, he has penned a regular quarterly feature entitled “Ask Dr. Alan” for Deacon magazine, writes a weekly email called “The Drama Review: In Relationships and Culture,” and has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs across the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Godwin’s book, How to Solve Your People Problems: Dealing with Your Difficult Relationships, explains how and why conflict goes badly and how to make it go well with two types of people: reasonable and unreasonable.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Alan Godwin maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Alan Godwin has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


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