12 ways a master manipulator will try to exploit your weakness

November 25, 2023

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Written By - Ravi Shankar (GoodMindKeeping)

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Manipulators are all around us. You can encounter them at work, in your community, and even at home. 

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To defend yourself from their malicious influence, let's discover the ways master manipulators try to exploit your weaknesses.

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1. They act extra nice to manipulate you into liking them. 

Master manipulators use excessive charm to create a positive image of themselves.

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2. They pretend to be the one suffering to make you feel sorry for them. 

Sympathy is a powerful weapon that can be leveraged to get almost whatever they want.

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3. Messing with your head to make you doubt your own thoughts and feelings.

Gaslighting is when someone tries to make you doubt your own thoughts, memories or sanity. 

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4. They share only certain info to control how you see them.

Manipulators are also strategic about what information they reveal to you. 

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5. Complimenting you excessively to win your favor.

Excessive compliments and flattery are only tools to stroke your ego. 

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6. Ignoring you to make you feel anxious and insecure. 

It is a subtle way of making you more compliant, just to avoid the discomfort of being ignored. 

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7. Making you feel guilty, even when you didn't do anything wrong. 

Manipulators skillfully use guilt to manipulate your emotions. 

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8. Sending mixed signals to keep you off balance. 

Manipulators thrive on keeping you off balance. They intentionally create confusion. 

9. Abusing your vulnerability to gain an advantage. 

Master manipulators are excellent at pinpointing your vulnerabilities - those areas where you're a bit more sensitive or insecure. 

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10. Blaming you for their mistakes. 

Instead of taking responsibility for their mistakes, they skillfully shift the blame onto you. 

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11. Trying to cut you off from friends and family to control you. 

A master manipulator might also try to control you by isolating you from the people who care about you. 

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12. Threatening negative consequences to get what they want. 

This is an emotional blackmail. 

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To protect yourself from manipulators, stay alert and notice patterns of excessive charm, guilt trips, or threats.