Most Helpful Girl
Not really. I mean, yes, EVERYONE'S been manipulated. There's positive and negative manipulation, having to do with the way it affects others. Positive example: Parent's telling their kids about Santa.
Negative example: Manipulating someone into give you their cookie.
But, the biggest part of any manipulation, the person can't know they're being manipulated. If they know, even if everything goes according to plan, it's no longer a manipulation, it's a mentally consensual con in a way. An example: If the kid already knows there's no such thing as santa, but continues to behave as if there is a santa, they are accepting the con for other reasons. Same for the cookie.
Most Helpful Guy
My ex manipulated me for years. We broke up five years ago and wherever she wants something from me she will either try to make out it's for our daughter and guilt trip me that way or dangle the prospect of us getting back together.
Neither works now - if my daughter needs something she will tell me directly and due to something my ex did recently, the idea of getting back with her sickens me. So can't manipulate me any more unless she finds a new way
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