Manipulate: to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one’s own advantage. – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
One thing is for certain: manipulators are great at what they do, namely being deceptive. Let’s evaluate the above definition by Merriam-Webster.
Are manipulators “artful”?
Well, it certainly makes sense. In no way does a manipulator create wonderful, beautiful pieces of art. But they do take their “craft” of playing on someone else’s emotions quite seriously; in many ways that a talented artist painstakingly decorates an empty canvas. Disturbing, but true nonetheless.
Are manipulators unfair?
Beyond a doubt. “Fairness” isn’t an attribute that manipulators embody. They could care less about how fair or unfair they’re being. They care about what they can “get” from someone else, regardless of the magnitude of pain they may inflict, which is often severe.
Are manipulators insidious?
To be insidious is to knowingly create harm in an ambiguous manner, which manipulators certainly do (again, quite well). Those unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of a manipulators subtle “suggestions” are often unaware of their motives until the damage has been done.
This segues quite well into the topic of this article. Those that practice manipulation have a common set of phrases that they use to accomplish their mischievous means. In this sense, people are just a “means to an end,” nothing more and nothing less.