Financial Victims are Psychologically Manipulated
This blog will be a 3 part series as there is simply too much information to squeeze into one setting. Today we will cover the concept of psychological manipulation and the requirements needed for this type of manipulation. In the following days we will cover the many types of manipulation and what vulnerabilities you may have which financial manipulators will attack.
Psychological manipulation is a type of social influence that aims to change the perception or behavior of others through underhanded, deceptive, or even abusive tactics. By advancing the interests of the manipulator, often at the other’s expense, such methods could be considered exploitative, abusive, devious, and deceptive. Social influence is not necessarily negative. For example, doctors can try to persuade patients to change unhealthy habits. Social influence is generally perceived to be harmless when it respects the right of the influenced to accept or reject and is not unduly coercive. Depending on the context and motivations, social influence may constitute underhanded manipulation.
Requirements for successful manipulation
According to George K. Simon, successful psychological manipulation primarily involves the manipulator:
- concealing aggressive intentions and behaviors.
- knowing the psychological vulnerabilities of the victim to determine what tactics are likely to be the most effective.
- having a sufficient level of ruthlessness to have no qualms about causing harm to the victim if necessary.
Consequently the manipulation is likely to be accomplished through covert aggressive (relational aggressive or passive aggressive) means.
Unfortunately this area of financial victimization is predominantly overlooked and rarely part of the discussion. It validates that the victims themselves carry the full accountability for their own behaviors in the overall process. The solution is to be fully aware of how financial predators will approach you and the methods and means they will use against you to manipulate your emotions into making a very poor decision about money.
The members of the Advocacy Network are provided all the information and education necessary to be fully inoculated and insulate against scams, fraud and predatory sales tactics.
Tomorrow we will cover how financial predators will use manipulation successfully to separate you from your money.
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