The first question to answer is, what is manipulation?
Wikipedia has a good explanation, “Psychological manipulation is a type of social influence that aims to change the behavior or perception of others through indirect, deceptive, or underhanded tactics.”
This leads us naturally to the second question, how can you tell whether or not you are being manipulated?
You know someone is trying to manipulate you when they try to make you feel guilty, angry, or fearful. These three emotions short circuit critical thinking.
If you want someone to watch your news program, vote for you, or stay with you even if they don’t want to, guilt, fear, and anger are great motivators.
Anyone who manipulates you doesn’t respect you. They just want to use you. Don’t let them!