Any time someone threatens to expose a real or false “truth” about you, you are being emotionally blackmailed.
People who tend to do this to others, typically do not feel good about themselves.
So they make themselves feel powerful by thinking they can impact someone else’s life.
If you are receiving emotional blackmailing, typically your first response will be to feel fear or anger.
Regardless of the emotion you feel, it is important to keep your personal power and make their threat unable to impact you.
If what they are “exposing” is false, then you can stand strong in your truth.
If what they are “exposing” is true, then you can stand strong in your self-acceptance.
We all do the best we can in any given moment.
Strength comes in being willing to accept the consequences of our behaviors.
Sometimes you might want to have a conversation with the important person in your life, who the blackmailer is threatening to expose you to, and share what is happening.
Sometimes you will feel your best choice is to not even entertain their story any further by engaging it at all.
Trust your intuition. You will know the best way to handle the threat to minimize its impact on you and maintain your personal power.