Is manipulation always a bad thing, or can it sometimes be used for good?
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.
Everyone in this country is manipulated one way or another.
exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"
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.
My wife^^^ ;P
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.
I disagree. Even if you had good intentions in your actions, and someone called you manipulative, would you not be offended!
Sounds like a battle of semantics to me.
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.
My wife and I don't agree on this, so help us out here. ;)