The Power of Manipulation

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Globally, power and manipulation have a strong effect on organizations. Do you feel you can't function or make decisions yourself? To determine their legitimacy, it is important to recognize their differences. Being a victim of manipulation makes it difficult to develop self-esteem. (17 Manipulation Tactics Abusers Use, n.d.)


Power is defined by Robbins and Judge (2016) on page 423 as the ability of A to control B's conduct.  People in a position of authority can influence others' behaviour. Only if someone has authority over something you want, they can influence you. The fact that power is a function of dependence is probably the most important characteristic of power. (Manipulation, n.d.)


The goal of manipulation, which is a type of emotional abuse, is to take advantage of, manipulate, or otherwise influence others for one's benefit. For the manipulator to get what they want, manipulation focuses on the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of the target. (Sinha, 2022)

The act of manipulation

The act of manipulating others by engaging in cunning actions intended to control and use them. Usually, it involves managing someone's emotions and mind in an unprofessional, dishonest, or even abusive manner to affect or change their view or behavior. (Sinha, 2022)

The dynamic of power and manipulation

This happens when a boss believes they can use their power to take advantage of and control other employees. Here, we're referring to managers, supervisors, or even owners. The person will be forced to perform a task that they would rather not do. Alternatively, they might warn the workers that they'll be fired. (17 Manipulation Tactics Abusers Use, n.d.)

Types of manipulation

Utilizing deceptive methods to influence behavior, emotions, and personal relationships are known as manipulation. They are utilized by manipulators to define how you view them or persuade you to take actions that might not be to your greatest advantage.  (17 Manipulation Tactics Abusers Use, n.d.)

Example of manipulation

A manipulator wishes to make you feel as though you can't function or make decisions without them to influence your day- to day activities. The manipulator systematically includes triangulation to ensure that their side will win the debate. This may involve picking a third party they are confident would support them or someone for whom the information would be more in their favor. (17 Manipulation Tactics Abusers Use, n.d.)

The effect of manipulation

A manipulator will change the topic when the victim brings up a valid point in a discussion or receive praise from another person to prevent them from developing any self-esteem. (17 Manipulation Tactics Abusers Use, n.d.)

Signs of manipulation

Consider how you feel after interacting with the person if you believe you are being affected. The first warning indicator is if you experience confusion. Once you find it difficult to pose a question or state your wishes without it turning into a confrontation, that’s a warning sign. (17 Manipulation Tactics Abusers Use, n.d.)

Treatment for manipulation

By trusting yourself, and your observations, and consulting your common sense or intelligence, you may protect yourself. It takes self-awareness to have this kind of confidence in oneself. Identifying your emotional requirements, childhood trauma, triggers, and individual personality is necessary for this.

You won't become overwhelmed by an emotional response, and you won't start to doubt your reality if you are grounded and aware of your sensitivity. You'll become capable of reacting with a cool, collected mind and heart because you'll be aware of your truth. (17 Manipulation Tactics Abusers Use, n.d.)

Conclusion: The Power Of Manipulation

Nowadays, people are becoming more conscious of what manipulation is. Manipulation has an impact on everyone involved, not just the subject. Which might influence people's behavior.  (Manipulation, n.d.)


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S.P. Robbin, T.A. Judge, Organizational Behavior, 17 edition, paragraph 13.1, (2015).