The first thing a baby learns is to see, move, and manipulate its parents. We absorb the ability to manage people with our mother’s milk. If loudly to shout — will feed you, if sweetly to agunot — kiss. Strategies evolve with age. Manipulation is natural. This is a method of survival among their own kind.
But there are people who have achieved perfection in manipulation. They manipulate how they breathe. For them, this method of communication ceases to be a means, and becomes the only channel of communication. Everyone suffers from this unhealthy behavior. Continue reading