Psychological manipulation is a type of social influence that aims to change the behavior or perception of others through abusive, deceptive, or underhanded tactics. By advancing the interests of the manipulator, often at another’s expense, such methods could be considered exploitative, abusive, devious, and deceptive.
Social influence is generally perceived to be harmless WHEN it RESPECTS THE RIGHTS of the influenced to accept or reject it, and is not unduly coercive. Depending on the context and motivations, social influence may constitute underhanded manipulation.
Learn to recognise it and CALL IT OUT whenever and wherever you see it. I see a heck of a lot of it coming (but not exclusively so) from the White House these days. 😦
(I’m looking at you, America).