What Does The Bible Say About Manipulators
The Bible has much to say about the characteristics of manipulators. They are everywhere, and they can be very difficult to deal with. It is important that we recognize the manipulative tendencies in our own lives so that we may avoid them and not become entangled with others who are manipulative.
They are manipulative.
Manipulation is a form of control. It is a way of getting what you want and avoiding being held accountable for your actions. You may have heard this term before, but do you know what it means?
Manipulation is the act of controlling someone’s behavior through indirect means. It can be as simple as a smile or a frown, or more elaborate like an offer that sounds too good to be true. The manipulator wants something from another person—usually money, access to resources, sex or love—and will use any means necessary to get it without being held responsible for their actions.
They are trusting of others.
You may be a person who is trusting of others. If so, this can be a good thing because people will often trust you more than they would otherwise. But you should be careful that your trust doesn’t get abused by those who are untrustworthy and manipulative.
People who are too trusting of others tend to fall victim to those who are untrustworthy and manipulative because they don’t have the radar that most people do for sensing when someone might take advantage of them or use them. People with low self-esteem may especially find themselves drawn into this trap because manipulators prey on those who appear weaker in some way (maybe because they are insecure about themselves).
They are bad communicators.
Manipulators are not good communicators. They don’t listen to others, they don’t communicate well with others, and they do a poor job of expressing their feelings or intentions. This can make them very difficult to relate to or befriend.
One thing you can do is try your best to communicate clearly and directly with manipulators. It’s not easy because they won’t usually give you much information about what they’re thinking or feeling—but it’s worth the effort if you want an honest relationship with someone who will be open with you (and vice versa).
They are chronically late or irresponsible.
If a manipulator is chronically late, or simply irresponsible, this is another sign that they are using others. They might be perpetually unprepared and will never own up to their errors. They may even blame others for their problems or failures.
They tend to be jealous.
- Jealousy. They are envious of others and always comparing themselves to others. They are always trying to put others down, find the negative in them, or find a way to make them look bad.
- Social comparison is a common form of envy that manipulators use on a regular basis. For example, you could be talking about something that happened in your life and they would say “Well I did this once…” (which usually makes you feel like you don’t measure up). Or if someone compliments you on something they might say “Yeah but now she has lost all her hair!”
- Manipulators generally don’t get along with too many people because they can’t accept who other people are without changing them somehow first until they become exactly how the manipulator wants them to be – or worse yet being jealous of what other people have achieved instead of focusing on their own goals and ambitions instead of trying hard work towards achieving success themselves rather than just taking everything from others around them simply because he feels entitled enough do so which leads us into our next point…
They are known to be arrogant and conceited.
Manipulators are known to be arrogant and conceited. They believe they are better than others, smarter than everyone else, and that everyone should bow down to their perceived superiority. They do not value the opinion of others, nor do they care about other people’s feelings. They are often the center of attention because they love having attention lavished upon them by others – especially those who would consider themselves as “below” them in social status or financial wealth (like looking down on peasants).
They give backhanded compliments.
They give backhanded compliments.
While we all like to hear that someone thinks we’re pretty or smart, it’s very common for manipulators to say nice things in order to get something in return. They’ll praise your hair, or your dress, or even your cooking style—but if you don’t want them to compliment you on these things again then be careful; they might just stop liking what they see!
They don’t keep their word.
If a manipulator doesn’t keep their word, then they are unreliable. They are not trustworthy and you should never trust them with anything important.
This is a sign of a selfish person who doesn’t care about others or what they have to say (even if it’s something that would benefit the manipulator).
They see themselves as victims.
If you’ve ever been manipulated by someone, then you know that one of the main reasons they were able to do it was because they were able to convince you that they were the victim. They always see themselves as the victim—and not just of other people, but also circumstances. This can be very useful for manipulating others, because when someone sees themselves as a victim and has no control over their own actions or decisions, there’s nothing stopping them from blaming others for their problems.
Recognize the characteristics in your life and avoid them!
You can avoid manipulation in your life by recognizing the characteristics of a manipulator and avoiding them. Do not let others manipulate you, and do not be a manipulator yourself. Don’t be jealous of others or arrogant, and don’t be late or irresponsible.
If you are someone who is prone to being manipulative, you need to recognize the signs and avoid them! If you can’t avoid them, focus on changing your behavior for the better. It may be difficult but it’s worth it in the end.