Manipulation—Read All About It!

Manipulation is a way to covertly influence someone with indirect, deceptive, or abusive tactics. Manipulation may seem benign or even friendly or flattering, as if the person has your highest concern in mind, but in reality it’s to achieve an ulterior motive.

Favorite weapons of manipulators are: guilt, complaining, comparing, lying, denying (including excuses and rationalizations), feigning ignorance, or innocence (the “Who me?” defense), blame, bribery, undermining, mind games, assumptions, “foot-in-the-door,” reversals, emotional blackmail, evasiveness, forgetting, fake concern, sympathy, apologies, flattery, and gifts and favors.

Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT
How to Spot Manipulation,


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Unlike people who are trying to influence others, manipulators work with unfair means to get what they want. They do not respect the personal rights of their victims. They work with hidden agendas and deliberately use dishonest tricks like faulty reasoning, coercion, blackmail, and lying as they attempt to assert control. Manipulation is about suiting the manipulator’s advantage or purpose only, often at the expense of others. 

It’s often difficult to recognize manipulation. After all, would we allow ourselves to be manipulated if we are aware that it is happening? This book explains the tricks manipulators use and teaches you how to best defend and protect yourself.

Manipulation: Handbook of Social and Psychological Manipulation
By Dean Amory
Available in PDF Format

People who suffer from low self-esteem are at risk of getting stuck in relationships where they’re being controlled; becoming the unwitting targets of individuals with personality disorders that propel them to behave in a manipulative way.

Manipulation: How to Recognize and Outwit Emotional Manipulation and Mind Control in Your Relationships
By Sarah Nielsen

Being manipulated is a highly stressful experience. It is unpleasant, demeaning, and disturbing.

Every time you comply, capitulate, cave in, or otherwise satisfy your manipulator’s wishes and purposes, you reinforce the toxic cycle that is compromising your self-esteem, co-opting your values, and corroding your emotional wiring.

This book was written for people who are targeted, exploited, and controlled by manipulators.

Who’s Pulling Your Strings? How to Break the Cycle of Manipulation and Regain Control of Your Life
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See also: Manipulation Tactics

What is Synesthesia?

Seeing Red
Jack Pemment (Author)
Publication Date: February 21, 2013

An example how a synesthetic person might asso...

Harris is an insurance coordinator at the local hospital with synesthesia, a neurological condition that takes the outlines of other humans and generates a colored glow around their bodies. He has gone his whole life with this harmless and apparently meaningless condition, tagging people with their own unique colored halo.

However, Daniel had never seen the halos in the color red before.

Now in his late twenties, Daniel’s synesthesia has developed to the point where the outlines of people are also causing a taste sensation. This disgusts Daniel, because everyone he comes into contact with suddenly has their own flavor as well as their own color. Troubled by these sensations, Daniel goes to visit a psychiatrist for help, but things start to get a lot worse when he finally discovers that some people do have red outlines and they all generate the same taste in his mouth – road tar.

Daniel quickly realizes that the red outline and road tar taste are caused by the presence of innately violent individuals. After a run-in with a dangerous criminal, Daniel befriends Detective Connors of the local police department, who gives him a chance to identify offenders in a series of line-up tests. Daniel performs so well that the police psychologist takes him to a prison for a larger test, and it is soon confirmed that Daniel can identify psychopaths – just by looking at them.

Daniel catches the attention of the police department at just the right moment because a serial killer has become active again, and Daniel’s new found talent becomes pivotal, yet awkward, as the case unfolds.

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In Sheep’s Clothing:

Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People

by Dr. George K. Simon

In Sheep's Clothing

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“…bear in mind you are dealing with highly skilled manipulators. They’ve had years and years of experience being covertly aggressive–do not underestimate their power. It happens so quickly, so subtly, you must arm yourself with tools to fight such monsters.”

“I have met a lot of people who have said something rude, did something in total disregard to my feelings and then gave lame excuses, no excuses or even tried to accuse me of being the bad guy afterwards. These manipulative people know what they’re doing, they don’t care, and they get a kick out of manipulating you.”

“These people are at war with you. Don’t ever tell them your secrets or your insecurities. They will just use it against you to inflict more pain.”

“For the first time in my life, I understand why I perceive people are “always taking advantage of me”. I’ve let them. Since I’ve been speaking up, I feel empowered and alive. This book saved my perspective, if not my life…”

“They look like us, but they are extremely smooth at decieving and come in many forms!”


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