Infographic: Psychological Manipulation | Psychologia

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First things first: there is a big difference between psychological or emotional manipulation and simple influence. Healthy social influence appears naturally without anyone trying to force it. We may affect others’ choices, preferences and judgement without threatening their health and emotional or physical well-being.

In case of psychological manipulation, however, manipulator’s goal is to create an imbalance of power in order to exploit others’ weaknesses to serve their own interests. The roots of emotional manipulation are quite complex. Generally, the reasons why an individual may choose manipulative behavior include

  • personal gain,
  • desire for power and superiority,
  • desire to control,
  • self-esteem issues,
  • boredom.

The cycle of manipulation typically includes three stages:

  • the manipulator discovers a weakness (or emotional hot buttons) of his or her victim;
  • the manipulator takes advantage of this weakness;
  • the cycle repeats.

Many victims have one or more of the traits below:

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