Fact Sheet: Manipulation


  • Is a tactic used to influence or control others’ thoughts, beliefs, or actions.
  • Can be subtle and hard to detect.
  • Its consequences can be serious, damaging relationships and trust.
  • Can take many forms and is often used when one person or group holds more power or influence.

Types of Manipulation (B-A-S-E)

  1. Bribery
    • Is a form of manipulation in which something of value is offered in exchange for cooperation or support.
    • Forms: money, gifts, or other favors.
    • Used to sway decisions or gain an advantage.
  2. Aggression
    • Is a form of manipulation that involves using force or intimidation to get what one wants.
    • Forms: physical violence, verbal abuse, or threats.
    • Used to dominate or control others, and it can be especially harmful in situations where there is an imbalance of power.
  3. Splitting
    • Is a tactic that involves dividing people or groups into “us” versus “them” categories
    • Used to create conflict and sow discord
    • Effective when done in subtle ways, such as through propaganda or misinformation
    • People are more likely to take sides and become hostile towards those in the “other” group when splitting is used
  4. Emotional
    • Emotional manipulation involves manipulating someone’s emotions to achieve the desired outcome
    • Forms: guilt-tripping, fear-mongering, or playing on someone’s sympathies
    • Effective because it preys on people’s vulnerabilities
    • Difficult to recognize emotional manipulation due to its subtle nature

Management of Manipulation (K-E-E-P)


The KIND-FIRMNESS approach involves being both kind and firm with someone who is attempting to manipulate you. This means treating the person with respect and empathy, while also setting clear boundaries and enforcing them consistently.

To ESTABLISH RAPPORT, try to build a positive relationship with the person by showing genuine interest in them and their concerns. This can help to create a sense of mutual understanding and trust, which can make it easier to communicate effectively and resolve conflicts.

Employing LIMIT SETTING involves setting clear boundaries and expectations for behavior, and consistently enforcing those limits. This can help to prevent manipulation by giving the person a clear understanding of what is and is not acceptable.

Providing CONSISTENCY is also important in managing manipulation. By being consistent in your actions and communication, you can help to create a sense of stability and predictability, which can make it easier for the person to understand and respect your boundaries.

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