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/or privileges at the victim’s expense.
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What is Psychological Manipulation or Brainwashing?
Psychological manipulation is accomplished by influence, or sometimes, the use of violence. Using terroristic, psychopathic, or organized crime tactics, these groups use systematic brainwashing techniques to alter or eliminate the will to resist and, in the process, render the victim “brainwashed”. The abuser’s goal is complete and total control over the victim’s mind and, as a result, of their life. A manipulation is a form of psychological warfare. This form of influence, or brainwashing, is an attempt to gain complete control over the victim, as well as the victim’s “life”. It’s important to note that not all types of people who are conditioned to act against their moral or ethical beliefs are “brainwashed” and not all people who are manipulated do so intentionally.
Who can be Manipulated?
You are the victim of psychological and emotional manipulation if you are being used, manipulated, or used by someone else in some way. This can include; Trying to convince you to become dependent on them: Even though you are free, you feel compelled to help them do what they need you to do in order to benefit them. Even though you are free, you feel compelled to help them do what they need you to do in order to benefit them. Controlling you through fear and intimidation: This is when you are abused through threats, controlling behavior, or physical abuse. This is when you are abused through threats, controlling behavior, or physical abuse.
Psychological and emotional manipulators work in a wide variety of industries, and different personality types, locations, and organizational hierarchy seem to be targeted by them.
Here are some examples:
- A political figure that is untrustworthy and manipulates public opinion to achieve their goals.
- A business executive that looks after numbers instead of their people.
- A manager that tries to micromanage their team, even though everyone else has been trained to operate autonomously.
- A senior executive who has convinced their boss to let him get away with doing as he pleases, instead of actually taking the time to understand what is happening, and how it is affecting the bottom line.
- Anyone who is emotionally unstable or who seems not to listen to the concerns etc.
Characteristics of a manipulative person
Emotional Isolation Ability to create an aura of caring but diminishing as time passes, You feel guilty whenever you question the motives or actions of a trusted relationship, Supposed “friends” act as if you don’t exist and/or will drop you at the drop of a hat becoming “jilted”, Unwillingness to explore alternate views or opinions, Unwillingness to discuss the topic of the relationship at all (even if it is very important), Inability to challenge harmful ideas, Exaggeration of feelings and other details, Character assassination, Hurtful name-calling, No accountability for poor behavior. However, If you are dating a narcissistic sociopath, this can be a serious red flag to investigate. The more you probe the more you will find.
How to Recognize Psychological Manipulation
The hallmark of psychological manipulation is that the abuser has a distorted view of himself or herself, a tendency to put themselves and their needs before others, and a short attention span. They are highly dependent on the victim for their sense of self-esteem, feelings of worth, and self-worth. They are liable to react emotionally and maintain a power balance by blaming and manipulating others. They may or may not view themselves as a “manipulator,” however, are prone to emotional manipulation, which is where they use guilt or shame to push the victim to do their bidding. Psychological manipulation is primarily verbal manipulation but it can also be demonstrated through emotional manipulation and physical behavior.
How to Deal with Psychological Manipulation
Unlike physical abuse and emotional abuse, the victims of psychological manipulation cannot move to leave a relationship they have mentally invested in unless they have evidence that this is occurring, and they must have the capacity to recognize what is happening to them. A psychological manipulation is a common form of psychological abuse, and because of the subtle nature of the manipulation and the pressure and emotional control it can create, many victims who suffer from psychological manipulation are often unaware of the influence their significant other has on their actions, especially in their daily routines. In this article, you will find more about how to protect yourself from manipulative behavior.
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