Emotional blackmail is a threat or punishment to control another (victim). It can be even more subtle, say, a husband or wife decide to start a bedtime argument with the victim needing a nights rest before a busy day. What does God say about emotional blackmail? 1 Cor. 13:4 ‘Love is patient and kind.’ Lk 3:14 ‘don’t make threats.’ Guilt-tripping is emotional blackmail. An implied threat like ‘you’re going to pay for this’ or ‘I’m going to tell your mother’
is an example of guilt-tripping. Couples need to hear the word ‘no’ and leave it at that without responding with threats.