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Toolkit for Helping Your Loved Ones

Empathy Questionnaire 

Boundary Chart

Quick Tip Sheet

You are here because you have a loved one who is under the influence of psychological manipulation (PM) and coercive control (CC). These are complicated issues, and it is difficult to identify and grapple with their effects. Seeing a loved one slip away is heartbreaking, and it is often hard to know what to do. This toolkit is designed to help you understand and navigate PM and CC and give you ways to reconnect with and support your loved one.


This toolkit can help you get to a place of deeper understanding with your loved one and make a plan to connect with them.

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Section Guide 

Part I - PM and CC 101

Section 1 - Defining PM and CC: A quick primer on the definitions of PM and CC.

Section 2 - Identifying Common Signs: Explore the common signs and red flags of PM and CC. 

Section 3 - Stages of Involvement: Understand the stages of involvement in a manipulative situation.

Section 4 - Reasons for Exit: Understand various reasons for exit from a manipulative group, relationship or situation.


Part II - Understanding and Planning


Section 5 - Understanding Motivations & Getting to Empathy: Gain insights into your loved one’s motivations to seek connection and purpose. 


Section 6 - Developing a Realistic Plan: Work towards your needs and goals by planning your approach. 


Section 7 - Boundaries & Self-Care: Caring for yourself during the process.


Part III - Communication and Connection


Section 8 - Creating a Connection: How to approach your loved one in an open, caring manner.


Section 9 - Recovery & Reconnection: Explore ideas on how to help a loved one if they are exiting a manipulative situation.


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