Grooming is a form of manipulation.
I guess we often hear about it in relation to children and young people - kids being groomed sexually either online or in person.
But I’ve definitely heard of adults being groomed. Sometimes in the context of sexual predators grooming a child’s parents - gaining their trust and building a close relationship with them so that they are then more able to access and exploit the child.
Also, I guess some kinds of scams - someone forming a friendship/romantic relationship with someone to then use them eg for financial gain.
This may be of interest/use:
Adults are vulnerable to grooming too. Explore the the issue of adult grooming, including the signs of grooming that you should look out for.www.anncrafttrust.org
Thank you for the link, I’m having a hard time with it though. All the signs just seem like someone wanting to keep their life semi private. I don’t question if my friends have new friends, I don’t question my friends on their spending habits. Does this make me a bad friend?