Once you’re intimately familiar with all the tactics they habitually employ to: 1) get the better of you; and 2) look good while doing it, you can be more sure of your judgments about your manipulator’s character.

Recognizing manipulation tactics and knowing how to respond to them is the key to personal empowerment.

For sadists, making someone else grovel is not only the major way they secure a position of dominance in their relationships but also an activity they truly enjoy.

Human aggression is most often manifested in the unscrupulous and undisciplined will to power.

By nature aggression that is covertly expressed is hard to detect, especially when you don’t know what to look for.

Disturbed and disordered characters are very different from your average neurotic person, especially with respect to their level of awareness about the nature of problems.

After years of being manipulated, abused, and controlled, survivors of dysfunctional relationships can experience a variety of emotions that make it difficult to move on, even after mustering the courage to leave. Self-questioning, doubt and blame can pose real obstacles on the road to recovery. Life after a manipulator can be a welcome joy indeed, but it’s not always so easy to get there.

When disturbed characters make excuses, they’re really making a very conscious attempt to cast themselves in a more favorable light while manipulating others into seeing their point of view.