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Four fake gestures that are actually manipulative.

Four fake gestures that are actually manipulative.

Not only are we deceived more than we realize, manipulators often forget they are doing it. The behavior was ingrained during childhood. It got them what they wanted, out of trouble, into good graces. It went unchecked for years. By the time you deal with them as adults, they are very good at what they do. Here are four signs their smile means you are being played like a fiddle.

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The threat of breadcrumbing

The threat of breadcrumbing

As the name implies, it means they give you just enough signals to keep you engaged. They like all your social media posts, send you messages, flirt with you in person. They may have very sporadic communication or seem to come and go in bursts. Or, if you are already dating, and bring up making a...

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Ben Franklin effect

Ben Franklin effect

Ben Franklin had a political enemy who was making speeches against him. Franklin remembered an old quote, “He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another than he whom you yourself have obliged.”...

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The curse of gifts

The curse of gifts

Humans are strongly reciprocal in nature. Healthy relationships are built on giving and getting in return. A gulf in reciprocity creates a power imbalance. This is why gifts are a common tool for manipulation.

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There was never an issue

There was never an issue

Gaslighting is a form of control where the victim begins to question reality. For example, your parents might insist some trauma in your childhood never happened. They’ll smile and say, “Oh you are just imagining things, that never happened!” Your partner may swear they were never late getting ho...

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Four signs of manipulative behaviour

Four signs of manipulative behaviour

  1. Asking you to do favors to endear themselves to you. Beware of the Ben Franklin Effect.
  2. Bestowing you with gifts as a way to create a debt to them. Humans are reciprocal in nature. Strings are often hidden.
  3. They pretend there was never a problem in the first place. They gasli...

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