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What is the difference between persuasion and manipulation?

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monique06 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted August 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM via web

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What is the difference between persuasion and manipulation?

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lprono | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted August 20, 2012 at 1:33 PM (Answer #1)

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"Persuasion" implies that you make people share your point of view through the use of your rhetorical skills without necessarily entailing scheming or deceit. "Manipulation," on the other hand, involves a certain degree of deception to promote the interests of the manipulator. This element of deception must obviously remain hidden for the manipulatory process to be successful, the manipulator should know the emotional and psychological weaknesses of the victim and have no scruples in using them to his advantage. Of course the manipulator does not necessarily need to be an individual, but can be an institution. Totalitarian states use propaganda to manipulating effects, while the media are often accused of manipulating public opinion.


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