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Identifying Manipulation Techniques that Might Be Used Against You

by | Jun 19, 2023 | Firm News, Motivational


In our everyday lives, we engage in numerous interactions that require negotiation and decision-making. These could be as personal as deciding who will do which chores at home, as professional as agreeing on the terms of a business deal, or as significant as navigating a legal situation. Understanding the dynamics at play during these interactions is crucial for ensuring fairness and equity. In this regard, one aspect that we often overlook is the potential for manipulation.

Manipulation tactics can be subtle and nuanced, yet have profound impacts on our decision-making processes. Ideally, you want to deal with honest brokers, but unfortunately that doesn’t always happen. If you can avoid people who use manipulation to get their way, you should. However, you first needs to know how to spot manipulation. In this introductory blog post, we will briefly outline common manipulation techniques, setting the stage for a series of subsequent posts where we will delve deeper into each technique, providing insights on how to identify and counteract them.

Common Manipulation Techniques:

  1. Gaslighting: This involves causing someone to question their reality, memory, or perceptions.

  1. Playing the Victim: In this tactic, an individual portrays themselves as a victim to gain sympathy and influence decisions.

  1. Fearmongering: This involves creating or exaggerating threats to manipulate a person’s actions.

  1. Feigning Ignorance: Here, a person might pretend not to understand or know something to avoid responsibility or to gain an upper hand.

  1. Guilt Tripping: This tactic involves making someone feel guilty to manipulate their actions or decisions.

  1. Divide and Conquer: This involves creating discord among groups or individuals to weaken their collective power and influence.

  1. Negative Humor: Using derogatory or demeaning humor can destabilize others, making them more susceptible to manipulation.

In the upcoming series, we will take a deep dive into each of these manipulation techniques. We aim to empower our readers with knowledge, making them better prepared to navigate their personal and professional lives with awareness and resilience. Each post will detail what each technique involves, how to spot it, and strategies for effective response.


Understanding the dynamics of manipulation can equip us to better navigate our interactions and transactions. Our upcoming series on these seven common manipulation techniques aims to provide you with valuable tools to identify and counteract manipulation. Stay tuned to empower yourself with knowledge and to promote fair, respectful interactions in your personal and professional life.