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JeremeFree October 15th, 2013 5:33am

Is manipulation always a bad thing, or can it sometimes be used for good?

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MrsLizT South Louisiana
10/15/13 7:07 am

I think of parenting. Parents do it to their kids-not with bad intentions, I'm saying, um, to eat their vegetables? That's the 1st thing that comes to my mind. You know there's plenty more examples.

theavgguy I.E.
10/14/13 11:21 pm

Everyone in this country is manipulated one way or another.

carebear421dm California Bay Area
10/14/13 10:42 pm

exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"

carebear421dm California Bay Area
10/14/13 10:43 pm

The verbiage is the issue. Coercive is more good and bad, guidance is good, manipulation is negative. The connotation of the word or term "manipulation" is negative.

JeremeFree California
10/14/13 10:52 pm

My argument here is that society as a whole views manipulation differently then it once did. What was once negative now has other meanings to some because the intent behind the manipulation is what matters, and how the manipulation is put to use.

carebear421dm California Bay Area
10/14/13 10:54 pm

I disagree. Even if you had good intentions in your actions, and someone called you manipulative, would you not be offended!

elusive Sactown
10/14/13 11:50 pm

Sounds like a battle of semantics to me.

carebear421dm California Bay Area
10/15/13 12:06 am

Lol, yeah. I'm just saying in my job if I were to call anyone manipulative even if I meant it as a compliment, they would be offended. Verbiage is important and I am pretty sure the word manipulate is still taken negatively and offensive.

JeremeFree California
10/14/13 10:41 pm

My wife and I don't agree on this, so help us out here. ;)