Signs of a Manipulative Woman-When To Run Away


What Makes a Woman Manipulative?

Manipulation can be one of the most negative aspects of a relationship. Manipulation is what happens when one person tries to passively or actively take control of another person. Manipulative women use persuasion (influence of beliefs) or mental suggestion to achieve their goals. In doing so, they eliminate the person’s self-criticism to the point that she will do whatever she wants. There are signs of manipulative women, and it is important not to ignore them.

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Jealousy is a sign of manipulation

Needless to say, a person who falls under manipulation eliminates his or her own autonomy in such a way that he or she becomes merely an object of his or her partner. 

Manipulation always produces an asymmetrical relationship between two people, where one exercises power and the other is the victim of aggression.

Effects of Manipulation on a Person

One of the main effects of being a victim of manipulation for a long time is low self-esteem. Being unworthy or despised, the perception that one has about their opinions and desires is practically nullified. In more serious cases there may be signs of depression and social isolation.

Those who have been manipulated for a long time tend to be lonely people. They withdraw from their loved ones for fear of what the couple will say.

Signs of a Manipulative Woman

A manipulative woman will have many strategies to achieve her goals with you based mainly on guilt and fear. They are unable to ask for what they want directly and will achieve their goals by using attitudes such as:

  • Egocentrism: manipulative women only think about themselves. Your needs and interests are relegated to second place. These are not always given directly; sometimes they are camouflaged in apparently innocent phrases or even in the form of a joke: “What I choose always ends up being the best option” “I have very good taste, you can’t deny that”, “I know you love me so much that you will do what I ask you to do”.
  • Little empathy: although it may seem that they care about you and are interested in your problems, deep down they are not. If they help you or show interest in your concerns, they reproach you over and over again. They even ask you to “reward” them for what they have done.
  • Much criticism: Manipulative women are always attentive to the defects of others. Not only do they constantly criticize you, but they take advantage of the sensitivity that criticism can cause to manipulate you even more.
  • Taunt: Her first instinct in any situation is to mock. They use it as a mechanism of submission.
  • Compulsive lying: To manipulate you they will resort to any strategy such as lying and distortion of facts. 
  • Victimization: manipulation directly affects emotions and manipulative women know better than anyone how to do it. Crying is the order of the day, they may even fake illnesses when you have an important event so that you don’t go.
  • Isolation: They alienate you from your important ties, whether family or friends. These people are not antisocial, but they pretend that you are. The more isolated you are and the less critical feedback you can receive, the better for them.
  • Instilling fear: This characteristic is very common and threats such as “If you leave me I’ll die”, “You’ll never get a person like me” are very common.  Once he discovers your biggest fear he will use it again and again against you.
  • Overprotectiveness: Manipulative women have the characteristic of showing themselves to be very protective. Especially in public to show “how much they love you” so that no one suspects how they really are with you.
  • Psychological violence: Contrary to what many may think, these women will rarely resort to physical violence. Their strategy consists of working on your mind and punishing you through humiliation, sarcasm, ignoring you when you talk to her, etc. 
  • Jealousy: They exaggerate their feelings for you by seeing you with someone else. They make you feel like you don’t value them.
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If you detect these signs of a manipulative woman, walk away as soon as possible. 

How to Get Away from a Manipulative Woman?

The best way to get away from a manipulative woman is by recognizing some red flags that should alert you to a dangerous relationship. Watch how she acts with her friends and family, pay attention to how she shows affection and the phrases she uses when asking you for something. 

Manipulative women usually have an image of great external strength. Generally, it can be given by economic power or physical appearance. They are usually very charismatic, cheerful and the center of attention anywhere.

If you notice strange attitudes or signs that make you doubt whether she is manipulative or not, the best thing to do is to leave as soon as possible. Do not start a relationship with someone with the thought: “maybe she is not like that” or “I can change her” because in the long run, you will regret it.

It can happen that a woman with these characteristics does not show her true personality at the beginning and you find yourself immersed in an abusive relationship without knowing how to get out of it. The first step to get away is self-care. If you have healthy self-esteem it will be easier to get out of this situation, since you will know how to recognize your rights and what things are good for you. To raise it you must apply these 3 points:

  1. Surround yourself with positive people: This includes both friends and family. They will make you feel better about yourself and help lift your spirits when your mood drops.
  2. Feel good about your body: Work on your inner and outer well-being. Watch your diet, exercise and dress in a way that makes you feel good. There is no better help than loving the image your mirror reflects every day. 
  3. Recognize your imperfections and seek to improve: Overcoming your weaknesses will strengthen you as a person. 
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Know how to Identify and avoid manipulative women

There are also other tools you can use to get away from a manipulative woman for good:

  • Learn to say no: If you have been in a relationship of this type for a long time, it may seem extremely difficult at first, but over time you will be able to adopt this attitude as part of your life. Start small, one step at a time. If you find it difficult, the best thing to do is to go to another room or even go for a walk after you have done it. Getting away from your partner at this time will prevent him or her from starting to blame you and making you feel bad about the decision you have made.
  • Argue: Don’t remain silent in the face of manipulation. Present your position and make her see why it is wrong. These women tend to act quickly. If you confront her with an issue where she will have to defend what she thinks, you will put her in a bind and she will not be able to get away with it. 
  • Distance yourself: There are situations where, no matter how hard you try, the person will not change. Do not stay in that place, because over time the situation will become more and more untenable and it will cost you even more to separate. In the beginning it will undoubtedly be painful because you have created a bond with your partner, but with time you will see that it was the best decision. 
  • Ask for help. You won’t always be able to get out of an abusive relationship alone, and this is where you should seek help. Put your prejudices aside and find a professional. Only in this way can you overcome the situation properly and healthily. 

How to Avoid Becoming a Manipulator

If you have been in an abusive relationship and have not fully healed, you may end up projecting that attitude they had with you onto others. To do this, pay attention to how others feel around you. If your partner constantly feels ashamed or apologizes to you, it is likely that you are having manipulative attitudes.

Avoid lies or misrepresentations. If you resort to this attitude frequently, you are actually manipulating your partner. Truth and honesty is the only way to have a healthy relationship.

Don’t Let Friends Date Manipulative Women

Many people may be suffering from some type of manipulation, and if not detected in time it can cause irreversible damage to a person’s life.

If you know someone who is being manipulated, try to help them as soon as possible. Don’t be direct because you may cause rejection and you will never be able to help them. Many people in this type of relationship are not aware of it, and if you confront them directly it will be counterproductive.

Be a good friend and spend time with him. The more he trusts you, the more likely he will ask for your help. Gradually make him see the unhealthy aspects of the relationship and show him how a person who truly loves them should act.

Don’t treat his partner badly. Even if you feel you can’t control your anger at how your friend is treated, don’t show it. Remember that manipulative women are specialists in pushing their partners away from close bonds. If she manages to push him away from you, you will never be able to help him.

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