This Manipulation Tactic Is Hard to Spot in Dating—Here Are the Signs

Hadley Mendelsohn

Out of all the things that can rear their ugly heads in dating scenarios, manipulation is probably the worst. When someone is willing to trick you into doing something to satisfy their needs and ambitions—however harmless or sinister they may be—it's often indicative of underlying patterns of emotional abuse. And out of all the manipulation tactics out there, love bombing is one of the cruelest. But what is love bombing exactly?

To get a clear understanding of the psychology behind it, we asked Kelly McNelis, teacher, speaker, author, relationship expert, and founder of Women for One, to weigh in with her expertise. "Love bombing is inundating a person with adoration and attention to the point that it gets overwhelming. It can be romantic at first—flower deliveries, sweet notes, flattery, and other grand gestures—but it's also designed to manipulate the person who's being bombed," she explains.

Though manipulative behaviour can be had to notice when it's actually happening (and it can happen at any stage in the dating lifespan), it's easier to spot when you know exactly what to look for. So to learn what the signs of love bombing are and how to respond to them, read through McNelis's insightful tips below.

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