InterNations Live! - Ego Stroking vs. Flattery Manipulation
Flattery can be a type of manipulation. Under-confident people often use it to feel more powerful and to win approval. Passive-aggressive people use it to get their own way. Sociopaths are adept at fooling other people with flattery. So, when you flatter someone, it's like you're stroking their ego to get what you want and that's what they are doing with you at the beginning.
If you want to make your man or woman feel good, give them a genuine compliment. However, if you want to stroke the ego and literally make him or her feel like your king or queen, then genuinely compliment him or her in front of, or to others.
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