Unveiling the gentle manipulator and their subtle art of deception

When we think of a manipulator, we often picture them as loud and aggressive, right? Well, the truth might surprise you!

According to social sciences expert Jeremy E. Sherman, a manipulator can be as smooth as silk, slipping into your life with all the tranquillity of a Zen master. Yep, they’re the yin to your yang, the calm before the storm.

But how do you spot these sneaky people when they’re hiding behind a mask of kindness? Let’s dive into the twisted world of subtle manipulation, where the gentlest touch can cut the deepest.

Sneaky techniques to let your guard down

Picture this: You’re in a relationship, friendship, or maybe even a family dynamic, and everything seems hunky-dory. But beneath that serene exterior lurks a master manipulator, using tranquillity and sweetness to twist you around their little finger.

They’re not about hurling insults or raising their voice; oh no, that’s far too obvious for them. Instead, they cloak themselves in virtue, playing the role of the perfect companion. They present themselves as kind, caring, and oh-so-honest, but don’t be fooled – it’s all part of their grand plan.

You see, by appearing as the epitome of goodness, they force you to drop your guard. After all, how could someone so pure have malicious intent? And that’s when they strike, subtly coercing you into doing their bidding.

But here’s the kicker: if you dare to challenge them, they’ll flip the script, making you feel like the bad guy. Suddenly, you’re the one who’s lacking in kindness while they sit back, smug as can be.

And the manipulation doesn’t stop there. Oh no, these crafty characters have an entire bag of tricks up their sleeves. They’ll use your own words against you, twisting them until you’re left questioning your sanity.

Proceed with caution

So, how do you protect yourself from falling into their trap? Well, for starters, keep an eye out for those telltale signs of faux kindness. If someone’s laying it on thick, showering you with compliments and affection, proceed with caution.

And if you ever find yourself on the receiving end of their manipulative tactics, remember this: you’re not the one in the wrong. Don’t let their smooth talk and calm demeanour fool you – beneath the surface lies a cunning manipulator, ready to pounce at the slightest sign of weakness.

So, stay vigilant, my friends, and don’t let the gentle facade of a manipulator lull you into complacency. After all, in the game of manipulation, it’s the quiet ones you’ve got to watch out for.

This article was syndicated from Marie Claire France
Translated and adapted by Praise Vandeh, Marie Claire Nigeria Content Writer


  • Chidera Muoka

    Chidera Muoka has worked as a creative director and journalist for a range of media platforms. She has created, directed and produced integrated media campaigns for traditional and digital marketing strategies for clients in the culture, lifestyle and media industries. She specialises in investigating and platforming a broad spectrum of stories that affect people and has directed and produced stories on gender-based violence and the rights of sex workers in Nigeria.

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