Signs of faked remorse: rapid emotional switches, hesitant speech, excessive "umms," squeezed eyebrows, extended sadness.
Genuine sadness: short duration, smooth transition to happiness, engaged lower face, balanced brow movement. Trust the face, not the tears.
A true friend uplifts you, acknowledges your strengths, and offers helpful advice. They avoid damaging your self-esteem and provide actionable solutions.
Don't be fooled by the tears. Listen to their words. Disregard the theatrics and recognize emotional abuse.
Identify serial manipulator: constant tears, always seeking help, no happiness contact. Recognize early.
Evaluate give-and-take: recall emotional support, one-sided relationship. Question tears, consider confrontation for change.
Set boundaries with alligator tears: Don't entertain their act, they'll play it up. Remove yourself or excuse with work.
Limit contact: Recognize manipulation, don't feel bad cutting them out. Prioritize your emotional well-being.
Say "no" to emotional manipulators: Learn to prioritize your needs, spot fake tears, and resist guilt-tripping.
Set boundaries: Leave the situation, call them out tactfully using "I" sentences, and avoid giving in to their demands and drama.