Manipulation of one person or many people by others is a facet of everyday life. Every person has been the victim of some form of manipulation in his or her lifetime. Manipulation can happen to anyone. It happens in families. It happens on the job. It happens among friends.
Manipulation certainly happens in religious organizations. It also occurs in government. Just look at the recent US presidential election where blues were pitted against reds. By the way, the greens won. They always do. Some of you got it.
Unhappy and unfulfilled people are easy targets because they subconsciously live their lives on the misguided belief that their existence is not enough.
The unfulfilled view everyone but themselves with the “grass is always greener” blinders on. They have convinced themselves that other people’s lives are much better than their own.
They believe other people’s successes are more valuable than theirs—other people’s relationships are happier—other people’s children are smarter —other people’s spouses are better looking—other people’s homes are nicer—other people’s cars are fancier. And the list goes on.
Who Are Most Susceptible to Manipulation?
Those who live in an emotionally dark place due to a traumatic experience from their past.
Those who don’t know what it feels like to be valued or wanted.
Those who are ruled by fear—the fear of rejection, the fear of failure, the fear of embarrassment, the fear of being labeled.
Those who are ruled by self-doubt.
Those who are hungry for the approval of others.
Those who are ruled by guilt and regret.
Those who trust without verifying.
How To Protect Yourself From Being Manipulated
Begin with you. Use your intuition to validate your place in the world. You belong.
Trust yourself. Ground yourself in your own powerful divine energy. You will find out that so much of what’s inside you is right.
Value your truth. Be confident in your ability to seek and acquire evidence-based knowledge, regardless of what others might think. Formulate your own truth (conclusions) once you have taken the time to study the facts.
Empower yourself. Trust yourself to make your own decisions instead of always seeking advice. Don’t allow others to make decisions for you—whether friends, spouse, partner, children, colleagues, pastors, ministers, entertainers, or self-help gurus. It is okay NOT to accept or subscribe to another person’s worldview or an organization’s ideology.
Practice saying no. You do not owe anyone an explanation for saying “no.”
Embrace your imperfections. The courage to be your authentic self is cultivated in accepting your flaws. You will be more empowered to move toward your highest potential if you hold yourself with a more gentle, self-accepting attitude.
Can you think of a time when you did something out of fear, obligation, or guilt?
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