Sociopaths: feeding a need for stimulation. Photo: Getty Images I am a sociopath. I suffer from what psychologists now refer to as antisocial personality disorder, characterised in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ( DSM ) as "a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others". Key among the characteristics of the diagnosis are a lack of remorse, a penchant for deceit, and a failure to conform to social norms.
Manipulation refers to making attempts at indirectly influencing someone else's behavior or actions. As human beings, our emotions often cloud our judgments making it difficult to see the reality behind hidden agendas or motives in different forms of behavior. The controlling aspects or shrewdness linked to manipulation are sometimes very subtle and may be easily overlooked, buried under feelings of obligation, love, or habit. In this article you'll learn some ways to pick up on manipulative behavior occurring around you, so that you can sort it rather than jump to it. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
1. FAULTY CAUSE: ( post hoc ergo propter hoc ) mistakes correlation or association for causation, by assuming that because one thing follows another it was caused by the other.
You know that awkward moment when you and a stranger are walking towards each other but need to get past each other and you get confused and end up making a left to right dance? Not for me! When I walk through large crowds of people, to avoid walking into anyone, I simply stare at my destination.
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The 48 Laws of Power (2000) is the first book by American author Robert Greene . [ 1 ] The book, an international bestseller , is a practical guide for anyone who wants power, observes power, or wants to arm himself against power. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ] It has sold over 1.2 million copies in the United States alone and is popular with famous rappers , entrepreneurs , celebrities , athletes and actors including 50 Cent , Jay-Z , Kanye West , Busta Rhymes , Ludacris , DJ Premier , Dov Charney , Brian Grazer , Andrew Bynum , Chris Bosh , and Will Smith . [ 4 ] [ 5 ] [ 6 ] [ 7 ] [ 8 ] [ 9 ]
This portion of the Working Psychology website offers a brief introduction to a big topic: social influence, the modern, scientific study of persuasion, compliance, propaganda, "brainwashing," and the ethics that surround these issues. Although these topics aren't always simple (it is, after all, science ), I've done my best to make this introduction interesting. Since Aristotle recorded his principles of persuasion in Rhetoric, humans have attempted to define and refine the principles of successful influence.
If you've ever been convinced by a salesperson that you truly wanted a product, done something too instinctively, or made choices that seemed entirely out of character, then you've had an idea planted in your mind.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), was a brilliant German philosopher.
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Have you ever been accused of lying just because you refused to make eye contact with someone?
by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers