How to Recognize a Manipulator Personality
To be able to address problems with people most effectively, it helps to understand them. The following list of behaviors will help you recognize manipulator personalities in the workplace.
Manipulators use their behavior to get their way. The first two behavioral types listed below are rather obvious manipulative behaviors, while the following three are more subtle.
- "Guilt mongers" play on people's emotions.
- "Gossipers" spread criticism and distrust among coworkers.
- "Underminers" do things that harm the efforts of other employees.
- "Passive-aggressives" will:
- Outwardly agree to do something.
- Not follow through with action.
- Justify the lack of action, often using guilt and acting like a victim.
- "Lovable people" use positive words and amiable traits to persuade people to:
- Do their work for them.
- Cover for them.
- Not apply consequences for his or her lack of achievement.