How To Steer Clear Of Manipulators

By Judi Light Hopson, Emma H. Hopson, and Ted Hagen
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Dividing up people into straight shooters or manipulators may help you protect yourself from a world of hurt. If you know someone is a schemer, you can plan accordingly.

Tribune News Service

Do you realize that there are basically just two types of people? There are “truth tellers” and there are “manipulators.”

We heard this at a party recently, and it kind of shook us up. We had never stopped to consider what one of our friends was pointing out. We’ll call him Roger.

“People are either strait-laced truth tellers, who uphold standards, or they are a manipulator,” Roger emphasized.

“But, you won’t find a mix. Everyone is either one or the other.”

Now, isn’t that interesting? At first, you may stop to consider some of the people you know. You may reflect on the idea that people either fit one category or the other. Suddenly, you’ve got some new insight that just might come in handy.

For example, have you ever wondered why a group of people refused to have anything to do with you? Maybe they ostracized you from the lunch table at work. Or, they never called you when they were going as a group to a convention.

Perhaps, this group might see you as a “truth teller.” You’re the last type of person they’d want around. Use your imagination here. Are some of them prone to conniving to get someone to do their work? Are some of them looking to have an affair?

Do you see why you don’t fit in with this group?

Dividing up people into straight shooters or manipulators, though, will help you protect yourself. If you know someone is a schemer, you can plan accordingly.

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