66. Hoovering and why narcissists use this

Hoovering is also known as emotional blackmail as part of the emotional abuse provoked by a narcissist, it happens when they think they're losing control of you. It's an attempt to reactivate the connection to make you engage with them once again for another cycle of abuse.

The name hoovering comes from Hoover, the vacuum cleaner brand. Meaning the narcissists sucks the happiness out of you to fuel their supply. It may look like you're being manipulated through a relationship you didn't want to be with because they start threatening you by becoming suicidal or causing self-harm.

Hoovering might be displayed in many different ways, but it all leads to rekindling the connection between the two of you. It's an emotional manipulation to get you to react and re-engage.

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