Manipulation can take many forms. The psychopath is nearly perfect in her mastery of these manipulative manifestations. Blackmail, emotional harm, bait and switch, and other tactics are all available and used by us. The psychopath knows how to identify one’s hopes and desires and to use that information in order to manipulate another to achieve some goal in mind. We are skilled puppeteers and can get nearly anyone to bow to our will, usually without any threat involved.
Before I go into manipulative tactics, I want to stress a very important point for this current post arc. Nearly anyone will register in some fashion or another with some of these traits. A master manipulator alone is not a psychopath. Neither is one who lacks empathy. It is the confluence of the majority of these traits that composes psychopathy – a syndrome. Yes, many of my readers are psychopathic. However, I urge all to remain objective when assessing themselves or others for possible psychopathy.