It is important to distinguish healthy social influence from psychological manipulation. 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 privileges at the victim’s expense. Now, what if we meet who we want and they turn into what we don’t want? Players plan out their every move and will use whatever they feel is their strongest asset to lure you in. Metaphorically speaking, players are like puppet masters pulling your strings and guiding you with cunning intelligence, pushing you into whatever roll they want you to play.There were times in my late teens and early twenties where my behavior resembled that of someone who was, “crazy and deranged.” Funny right?
You will often find yourself asking, “What happened? ” If you are behaving manically, you may be dating a “Crazymaker.” Crazymaking is a form of psychological abuse designed to influence and/or change the thoughts and behaviors of others.
Here’s how you know you are in a relationship with a manipulator: #1 He or She Constantly Lies A Crazymaker lacks the ability to feel remorse.
He or she will stand in your face and tell you outlandish lies without diverting eye contact.
But whatever drives an individual to be psychologically manipulative, it’s not easy when you’re on the receiving end of such aggression. Here are eight keys to handling manipulative people.
Not all of the tips below may apply to your particular situation. For more in-depth tools on how to effectively handle difficult individuals, download free excerpts of my publications (click on titles) "How to Successfully Handle Manipulative People," "How to Successfully Handle Narcissists," and "How to Successfully Handle Passive-Aggressive People." 1.