Manipulation is a word that gets thrown around a lot, but it’s hard to define.
People often use manipulative behavior with the intent to gain power or control over others.
If you tend to ask yourself, “Am I manipulative?” you probably are.
Sometimes it’s accidental, and other times you’re fully aware of it.
The better question is, “Why am I manipulative?”
You may need to get people to agree with your opinions or do things your way.
Manipulative people often get away with their behavior because they are good at making people feel sorry for them or make their victims feel bad about themselves.
The manipulator uses guilt trips to make others believe that they are responsible for the manipulator’s problems.
They may also play on your sympathy by talking about how hard their life is or how much they have been through to get you to do things for them.
Clearly, manipulative behavior can disrupt close relationships and negatively impact your mental health.