9 Easy Ways to Avoid Being Psychologically Manipulated
To manipulate a person using their fears and weakness, obsessions, likes and dislikes can be termed as psychological manipulation. It is used to dominate people or get people to do what you want. It is a clever and strategic way of communicating and creating an imbalance of power to exploit another’s vulnerabilities just for the sake of personal agenda. This article will show you how to recognize psychological manipulation and avoid it through these 9 ways.
1Be aware of your fundamental human rights
Knowing your rights is one of the most important things to know when dealing with psychologically manipulative people. You need to know your rights and learn when they are being violated. Without harming others, you have every right to stand up for yourself. However, by harming others, your rights may be forfeited.
Your fundamental rights
Here are your fundamental rights that you should be aware of.
- The right to be treated with respect.
- The right to express your feelings, opinions and wants.
- The right to set your own priorities.
- The right to say “no” without guilt
- The right to get what you pay for.
- The right to have opinions different than others.
- You possess the right to take care of and protect yourself from being physically threatened, mentally or emotionally.
- You have the right to create a happy and healthy life.
- Fundamental human rights represent your boundaries.
Today there are many people in society who just don’t respect the rights of others. These are psychological manipulators who will try anything to deprive you of rights to take undue advantage of you. But it is you who possesses the moral authority to declare that it is you and not the manipulating person that is in charge.
2Keep your distance
One clever way to recognize a manipulator is to observe how that person reacts with different people and in different situations. Most people react differently in different situations but psychological manipulators react in extremes. They will be seen acting very polite with one person and suddenly rude with another. At times they will also act totally helpless or extremely aggressive.
It is not your job to change them
When you find an individual displaying such behavior regularly, always maintain a distance from that person and do not engage with them unless required. The reason why such people behave like this is very complex and deep-rooted so it is not up to you to try and change them or save them.