Why Do People Seek To Manipulate?

They derive emotional satisfaction from others’ negative reactions.

Some people, because they are so dissatisfied with themselves and their lives, try to create problems for us so we will feel bad, too. If they are able to make us unhappy or uncomfortable they can focus on our pain instead of their own and momentarily feel better.

Manipulating others gives them a feeling of power.

People who consider themselves weak and believe they lack power sometimes try to manufacture it by persuading people to do as they wish. When they are successful, they experience a temporary feeling of domination.  Unfortunately for them and those with whom they associate, the sensation dissipates quickly, and they must continually reinforce it.

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