As a licensed therapist of over two decades, I’ve specialized in working primarily with clients who are women. I have been honored to walk with them as they’ve navigated their journeys through mental health issues, motherhood, marriage, career, dating, spirituality, divorce, infertility, or a number of other aspects of the female experience.
No one wants to be known as a “guilt tripper.” And yet, we all engage in using guilt to motivate others to do what we want them to do. A guilt trip is when you use guilt as a form of emotional manipulation to get someone to think or act a certain way. It’s something that we’ve all done at times and we’ve likely all been on the receiving end of a guilt trip.
Many people find it difficult to express their feelings, make requests, or bring up "delicate matters" with others. This can happen for various reasons. Some may fear rejection, while others believe that asserting oneself is rude or disrespectful. But is it really a good idea to be non-assertive when you have legitimate concerns?