Even though it can hurt when people are direct and to the point, at least you know where you stand. There is nothing more infuriating than when people say one thing, but mean something else, or when they try to get you to do what they want. Manipulators will do everything they can to control you, so watch out. Sometimes, you may be feeling bad, and you’re not even sure why. Take another look…you could be in the grips of a manipulator.
You feel powerless
You don’t know why, but you feel guilty. After reflecting, you realize that you are not doing what Mr. X wants you to do, and he won’t let up. It’s like having a weight on your chest, and you’re getting tired of feeling the subtle pressure.
You’re angry and are beginning to understand why
No one likes being told what to do and feeling like you don’t have another option. However, you do have options. Take your power back! No one can exercise control over you unless you let them.
You feel like you’ve been spinning your wheels
Here are your options: Realize what’s happening and ignore the person or confront them. Let them know you are onto what they are trying to do, and you just aren’t going to put up with it anymore.
Don’t let this happen again
Note your feelings when you became aware of what was really going on and the action you took as a result. Next time, when someone tries to manipulate, you’ll have a strategy in place to stop them.