Have you ever got the sense that you’re being manipulated? Whether it’s by a loved one, a salesman, or a coworker, you may not notice when someone is or has been trying to manipulate you.

This is why we put together a list of common psychological tricks to help you identify when you’re being manipulated.


1. Nod your head

If you want people to agree with you, then all you have to do is nod. In a 1980 study published in the Basic and Applied Psychology journal, scientists found that when people nod while listening to something, they are more likely to agree with it. So if you nod while speaking, the other person may begin to nod as well and start to agree with you, without even knowing it. Nodding your head when asking someone a question will also make them more likely to agree with you or comply with your request.

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