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7 Most Common Manipulation Tactics Used by Highly Toxic People

Note from the writers at Detangle Love:

Finding out you’re being manipulated isn’t exactly the best feeling in the world. But at the same time, it’s not something you should tolerate. If you feel like this is happening to you, seek help. Sometimes, talking to a friend makes all the difference. If you’re embarrassed, you shouldn’t be. But a therapist can also help you through this difficult time.

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Have you ever been a victim of these manipulation tactics?

Toxic people like narcissists and those with antisocial traits engage in manipulative behaviors in relationships that ultimately demean, exploit, and hurt their friends and loved ones.

These people live in a different reality where they’re never to blame for anything going on around them. They deflect responsibility with their diversionary and manipulative tactics. But worst of all, they make a victim out of you.

This is why we thought it was time to take a closer look at some of their tactics. We’ll identify the toxic behavior and the person behind that manipulative behavior. When you know what you’re dealing with, you can defend yourself and refuse to be a silent victim.

We can call them out on their manipulation and leave them to their web of lies. Here are 7 manipulation tactics to watch out for!

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18 Responses

      1. Suzanne! You don’t have to let this happen! I let it happen for 28 years! You can do this, get out! Mine ended after he tried to kill me. Don’t let that happen to you. Not saying it will, never thought my Ex would try to kill me, but he did. Get out now before it continues to get worse and worse.

  1. I am a “recovering” narcissist and read articles like this daily as part of my therapy and it really hits home. I would advise more people to do the same and please keep them coming it is very eye-opening and humbling for sure, thank you.

  2. I’m stuck with this almost exact same person! We have 2 young kids so I’m in this hell for a few more years until the kids no longer need constant care. Each day is a roller coaster of drama and fighting it was years of sadness until I realized what was happening quit drinking and got my head on straight to realize exactly what it was I’d gotten myself trapped in. Reading articles like this have been really helpful in understanding my situation and realizing all the pitfalls to avoid in day to day life.

    1. Take your children and get out. All of you will be better off away from the toxic behavior. You wouldn’t allow your children to be near poison and a toxic person is poison.

  3. I think some of those techniques have been used on me (not all of them, though). In my case, I have made some big mistakes which have affected her and our kids. so those have been her justifications for this behavior. I have not, and may never be, completely forgiven for these. We’re devout Catholics, so divorce is not an option. So we’re basically at an impasse indefinitely.

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