Manipulation is defined as “a type of social influence that aims to change the behavior or perception of others through abusive, deceptive, or underhanded tactics.”
It’s important to know the difference between healthy social influence and manipulation.
Healthy social influence occurs between most people and is part of the give and take in healthy relationships.
In a manipulative relationship, one person is used for the benefit of another. The manipulator deliberately creates an imbalance of power and exploits the victim to serve his or her agenda.
All manipulators share some common characteristics:
They know how to detect others’ weaknesses; once found, they use these weaknesses against you; they convince you to give up something in order to serve their self-centered interests.
Whether it’s a work, social, or family situation, once a manipulator succeeds in taking advantage of you, he or she will repeat the violation until you put a stop to it.
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So, how do you deal with a manipulator and put a stop to their manipulation? Below are 5 simple ways to deal with a manipulator.