Tag Archives: manipulation tactics

Playing on Your Good Nature

Good-natured people don’t want to believe the worst. And they doubt their own gut hunches when something tells them they’re being played.

The Hidden Power in Manipulation Tactics

There’s hidden power in manipulation tactics, which is just one reason why these persuasion tools are so effective.

Conspiracy Gaslighting Takes a Heavy Toll

Gaslighting by conspiracy happens when a covert abuser persuades others that they’re the good guy and you’re the crazy one.

Playing the Victim Goes Along with Blaming Others

To become empowered partners in abusive relationships have to see through their manipulator’s tactics, knowing in their heart how to distinguish a victim from a victimizer.

Blaming Others Is Not a Defense but a Tactic

Blaming others is not unconscious defense. It’s a conscious tactic to throw you on the defensive while refusing to internalize a behavioral norm.

Covert Self-Monitoring and Reinforcement

Our high capacity to learn distinguishes us humans. And even some character-impaired individuals can choose to grow. But no new learning takes deep root without reinforcement.

When Covert Narcissists Gaslight Children

Covert narcissists gaslight their children in many ways. And this does great psychological damage, often leading to a lifetime of self-doubt.

Unconscious Denial Versus Tactical Denial

Unconscious denial is nature’s defense against unbearable pain. But some denial is tactical – a way to be irresponsible while not looking so bad. To have reverence for the truth and for human dignity, each type must be confronted differently.

The Keys to Self-Empowerment

The main key to self-empowerment is simple: keep your attention, time, and energy focused where you have power.

Understanding Manipulation Tactics

Covert aggressors use manipulation tactics to get their way. They fight in subtle and underhanded ways. And they know how to look good without being good.