Manipulation comes in many different forms. Pro manipulators are so good at what they do, that it’s almost impossible to recognize when you’re being baited. If you have even the slightest feeling that someone is pushing you in a certain direction or trying to manipulate you, follow your gut instinct. Remove yourself from the situation, instead of taking the bait.
Here are six signs that someone is baiting you:
1. They Are Full Of Accusations
Someone who is trying to manipulate you might accuse you of doing something wrong, just to stir up an argument. Their goal is to bait you into defending yourself, which will allow them to act like the victim, even if they are the one who truly did something wrong.
2. They Play On Your Emotions
A pro manipulator often preys on other people’s emotions. They might bait you in order to elicit a certain emotion from you, in order to get you in a particular state of mind. Their goal might be to make you angry or to upset you. When you’ve succumbed to that emotion, you become more easy to manipulate.