But whatever drives an individual to be psychologically manipulative, it’s not easy when you’re on the receiving end of such aggression. Here are eight keys to handling manipulative people.
Not all of the tips below may apply to your particular situation. For more in-depth tools on how to effectively handle difficult individuals, download free excerpts of my publications (click on titles) "How to Successfully Handle Manipulative People," "How to Successfully Handle Narcissists," and "How to Successfully Handle Passive-Aggressive People." 1.
It is important to distinguish healthy social influence from psychological manipulation.
Psychological manipulation can be defined as the exercise of undue influence through mental distortion and emotional exploitation, with the intention to seize power, control, benefits, and privileges at the victim’s expense.
Today backstairs influence has come to mean the indirect influence or sway that given individuals or groups are able to exert over persons in power.brainwashing A method of changing an individual’s attitudes or allegiances through the use of drugs, torture, or psychological techniques; any form of indoctrination.
Alluding to the literal erasing of what is in or on one’s mind, brainwashing used to be associated exclusively with the conversion tactics used by totalitarian states on political dissidents.
Healthy social influence occurs between most people, and is part of the give and take of constructive relationships.
In psychological , one person is used for the benefit of another.
One who consistently atempts to make personal gains at others expenses by means of manipulation.
(See also DOMINATION, VICTIMIZATION.)backstairs influence Indirect control, as of an advisor; power to affect the opinions of one in charge.
Backstairs refers to the private stairways of palaces, those used by unofficial visitors who had true access to or intimate acquaintance with the inner circles of government.
Manipulation is the skillful handling, controlling or using of something or someone.
Whether it's the sculpture you made in art class or how you convinced your friend to do your homework — both are considered manipulation.