Some signs of manipulation include:
- Passive-aggressive behavior.
- Implicit threats.
- Withholding information.
- Isolating a person from loved ones.
- Verbal abuse.
- Use of sex to achieve goals.
- As the motives behind manipulation can vary from unconscious to malicious, it’s important to identify the circumstances of the manipulation that is taking place. While breaking things off may be critical in situations of abuse, a therapist may help others learn to deal with or confront manipulative behavior from others.