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DICTIONARY OF MANIPULATION - Common mind games people play on you and how to outsmart

“I will no longer allow anyone to manipulate my mind and control my life in the name of love.” - Miguel Ruiz

We all are manipulated in this world by always someone either our loved ones or strangers in many forms. We have to learn these key concepts which no one talks about, but you can find through acute lenses if you exactly what is being used on you.

Manipulation is the practice of exerting undue influence over others. In order to accomplish what they want, people who manipulate others target their mental and emotional characteristics.


“Once you see the world from a producer perspective, your perceptions sharpen like a fine-tuned radio frequency, from static to clear stereo sound. Suddenly, opportunities have clarity, ideas surface, and scams are exposed.” - MJ Demarco

“Punishment and reward proceed from basically the same psychological model, one that conceives of motivation as nothing more than the manipulation of behaviour.” - Alfie Kohn

“He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.” - Niccolo Machiavelli

Let’s, breakdown the most common mind games and how to combat with them:


Using denial lying, misinformation, and contradiction to make you doubt your sanity, memory and perception.

How to OUTSMART: Disengage and walk away.


Making critical remarks disguised as sarcasm or humor to make you feel inferior or less secure.

How to OUTSMART: Remain calm. Smile and put that person in the spotlight by asking questions.


Designed to exploit your good will guilty conscience, protective and nurturing instinct in order to benefit personally.

How to OUTSMART: Don't get emotionally involved or let go that relationship.


Playing dumb in order to get away with behaviour or things.

How to OUTSMART: Judge action not intention.


Criticizing others for things they do themselves as well.

How to OUTSMART: Don't take the bait and remove yourself from the arena


Passive aggressive way to remind you of something bad you did in order to make them want to make up for it.

How to OUTSMART: Show empathy while following your gut instincts.


Ignoring messages, calls or questions to make you feel uncertain and to make you start doubting yourself.

How to OUTSMART: Ignore it until it blows over.


Constantly making fun of, belittling, and marginalizing you in an effort to make you feel less than, and them feel more superior.

How to OUTSMART: Say thank you and get on with your life.

“You can't manipulate people who know how to think for themselves.” - Trish Mercer

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact surrounded by assholes.” - Sigmund Freud

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