10 ways a dark empath uses your feelings to manipulate you

Have you ever felt like someone had an uncanny ability to pull your heartstrings, manipulate your emotions, and leave you feeling utterly bewildered?

Well, my friend, you may have unknowingly crossed paths with a dark empath, a master manipulator who knows exactly how to exploit your feelings for their own gain.

I’ve got news for you:

Not all empathetic souls have noble intentions.

Brace yourself as we uncover the shadowy tactics employed by dark empaths, those masters of emotional manipulation who use your feelings against you.

Let me show you how:

1) Playing the chameleon

Ever met someone who seems to know exactly what you’re feeling and thinking?

That’s certainly a dark empath!

They are experts at becoming the chameleons of emotions.

They mirror your emotions, opinions, and preferences so seamlessly that you might mistake them for your long-lost twin.

It’s like having your emotional doppelgänger, but keep it in mind that it’s all part of their plan to gain your trust and manipulate you like a puppeteer.

2) Exploiting vulnerabilities

We all have those sensitive parts we guard like precious treasure? Dark empaths can sniff them out like bloodhounds.

Let me explain:

Dark empaths target your vulnerabilities, whether they be past traumas, insecurities, or unfulfilled desires, and use them as ammunition to manipulate your emotions.

It’s like they have a roadmap to your heart, and they’ll use it to control your thoughts and actions.

3) Gaslighting tactics

I have a friend whom I’ve known since high school.

Initially, she seemed like a caring and trustworthy person, someone you could always count on.

But as time went on, I started noticing some unsettling patterns in her behavior.

It starts with small things, like her subtly undermining your achievements.

I found a name for this tactic: gaslighting.

Gaslighting is a psychological trick straight out of a twisted magician’s playbook, and dark empaths wield it like seasoned pros.

Dark empaths deploy gaslighting to mess with your perception of reality, leaving you questioning your own judgment, memory, and even your sanity. 

It’s as if they’re playing a mind-bending game where they hold all the cards.

Stay alive to your reality and beliefs to avoid falling into dark empaths’ distorted reality.

4) Emotional blackmail

Dark empaths aren’t afraid to go for the emotional jugular.

They skillfully exploit guilt, fear, and shame to manipulate your feelings and twist you around their little finger.

You may think that they have a secret arsenal of emotional weapons and know exactly when and how to use them.

Brace yourself for a rollercoaster ride of emotions as they play on your empathy and sense of responsibility!

5) Feeding on empathy

We all have that well of empathy within us, right?

Dark empaths are all too aware of it.

They’ll drain your emotional energy by constantly demanding your attention, sympathy, and support.

It’s like they have an insatiable thirst for your compassion, leaving you emotionally depleted and vulnerable to their manipulative tactics.

In a way, they pretend to have a soul, but it’s a shell.

6) Creating dependency

Dark empaths are masters at making you believe you can’t live without them.

Believe it or not:

They’ll slowly weave themselves into your life, becoming your sole emotional support.

Before you know it, they’ll have you convinced that they’re the only ones who truly understand and care for you.

Well, It’s a sneaky move, as they manipulate your emotions and decisions by making you dependent on their presence.

7) Distorting boundaries

Imagine a never-ending scenario where personal boundaries are blurred!

Dark empaths excel at invading your personal space and consistently overstepping boundaries without your consent.

Now, your autonomy and privacy take a hit as they undermine your sense of self.

Well, it could be time for you to reclaim your personal territory.

8) Emotional triggers

We all have those triggers that set off a whirlwind of emotions within us.

Dark empaths know exactly how to push them.

They’ll identify your sensitive points, whether it’s a past trauma or a hidden fear, and use them to manipulate your emotions like a maestro conducting an orchestra.

But fret not:

You have the power within you to identify and defuse those triggers and regain control.

9) Isolating you

Slowly but surely, dark empaths isolate you from friends, family, and support networks.

They want you all to themselves.

Personally, I had a friend who had mastered the art of isolating me from my family. She could always ensure she occupies me with gigs and events every weekend.

Little did I know that she was exploiting my good company to escape from her own family struggles. She was kind of not going down alone.

Here’s what you need to know:

It’s when you are isolated that dark empaths have complete control over your emotional landscape.

At this point, they’ll manipulate your perception of relationships, making you believe that only they truly understand and care for you.

10) Withholding validation

Validation is like food for the soul, right?

Well, this is what you need to know:

Dark empaths also recognize this, but they will selectively withhold it to keep you hooked.

This people will make you crave their approval like a dog drooling over a juicy bone.

Here’s the thing:

It’s all part of their game to keep you seeking their validation and obedience to their manipulative ways.

So, find validation within yourself and break free from their control.

The bottom line

It’s so important to understand those sneaky tactics employed by dark empaths.

By knowing their tricks, you can shield yourself from their manipulative grasp and take back control of your emotions.

Trust your instincts, and don’t be swayed by their charm. Setting strong boundaries is key.


Your emotions are precious, and you have every right to protect them. Don’t let anyone, especially dark empaths, overstep those boundaries.

Make it clear what is acceptable and what isn’t in your relationships. It’s your emotional well-being on the line, and you deserve to safeguard it.

And most importantly, believe in yourself.

You have the strength within you to protect your feelings and live a life free from emotional manipulation.

Confused about what to do next?

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It may tell you exactly what you need to know.


Martha Croissy

Martha Croissy

Martha is a freelance writer specializing in positive psychology, self-help, and personal development topics. When not hitting the keyboard, Martha loves cooking and traveling. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martha-croissy-a81670238/

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