Dark Psychology is the art and science of manipulation and mind control. While Psychology is the study of human behavior and is central to our thoughts, actions, and interactions, the term Dark Psychology is the phenomenon by which people use tactics of motivation, persuasion, manipulation, and coercion to get what they want.
Dark Psychology Triad
- Narcissism - Egotism, grandiosity, and lack of empathy
- Machiavellianism - Uses manipulation to deceive and exploit people and has no sense of morality
- Psychopathy - often charming and friendly yet is characterized by impulsivity, selfishness, lack of empathy, and remorselessness
None of us want to be a victim of manipulation, but it happens quite often. We may not be subject to someone specifically in the Dark Triad, but normal, everyday people like you and I face dark psychology tactics on a daily basis. These tactics are often found in commercials, internet ads, sales techniques, and even our manager behaviors. If you have kids (especially teenagers) you will most definitely experience these tactics as your children experiment with behaviors to get what they want and seek autonomy. In fact, covert manipulation and dark persuasion are often used by people you trust and love. There are many reasons that people choose to manipulate others and these can vary based on the person. Most people engage in manipulation at times, but those who primarily interact with manipulation often share some traits among themselves.
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