I am sure that others have experienced this as well. But I am going to ask anyway. Have you ever encountered someone who offers you gifts as a way of control over you? Let me explain: My mother is and can be very manipulative. she doesn't do it in an overly malicious manner; she thinks she is doing good. But being as sensitive to energy as I am, I always feel that her intentions in giving these gifts are not pure. It is almost like she has to play the hero? But then shortly after you have taken whatever it is that she is offering, she will try to make you feel bad about not doing things for her, or make you feel bad about not appreciating her. This has been a theme with my mother. She plays the hero and then plays the victim and she manages to do this through being the most financially stable out of me, her, and my older sister. Do you know anyone who uses gifts to wield control over, or manipulate, people?