Psychological manipulation  

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Psychological manipulation refers to attempts to change another person's thinking or behavior using methods which are exploitative, abusive, devious, deceptive, insidious or otherwise unfair. By advancing only the interests of the manipulator, often at another's expense, such manipulation is one-sided, unbalanced or unsymmetrical.

Manipulation is a type of social influence - the ways in which people try to intentionally change one another. There is nothing inherently wrong or unhealthy about trying to influence people. For example, doctors try to persuade patients to change unhealthy habits. Social influence is harmless when it respects the right 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.

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