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Dark Psychology [How It’s Used To Manipulate People]

Dark psychology is a branch of psychology that studies the dark side of human behavior. It’s what we do when we think no one is watching, and it often involves controlling others through manipulation techniques.

Although it has been around for centuries, it’s only recently that researchers have started studying this subject.

What is dark psychology?

Dark psychology is the study of the dark side of human behavior. It’s a relatively new field of study and was created in response to traditional psychology’s focus on positive emotions and mental health. It deals with things like evilness, cruelty, and violence.

To be clear: It is not about studying people who are already identified as “evil.” Rather, it focuses on how everyday people can become capable of committing acts that violate others’ rights or cause them harm.

In short? The main goal of dark psychology is to understand why humans engage in behaviors that cause suffering for others (and sometimes themselves).

The Dark Triad

The Dark Triad is a group of three personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. Narcissism is characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance, grandiosity, and a need for admiration.

Machiavellianism includes manipulation of others, callousness, and lack of empathy. Psychopathy involves impulsivity; lack of concern over right or wrong; manipulative behavior to achieve one’s own ends; shallow emotions such as guilt or remorse; thrill-seeking with little worry about consequences (i.e., “living on the edge”).

It appears that many people have some level of each trait in their personalities but most fall short of having all three at high levels.

While this may seem like an advantage over those who do exhibit all three traits consistently it can often cause more problems than it solves because people will try to manipulate them just like they would anyone else who exhibited these characteristics without realizing how much damage they could be doing to themselves in the process

Types of Dark Psychology

The Dark Triad. This refers to three distinct personality traits that often overlap. These are Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy.

  • Machiavellian individuals are often described as being highly attuned to social situations, with the ability to ‘read’ people and situations in order to gain power or control over them. Although this is true, it is also important not to confuse Machiavellians with psychopaths (who lack empathy) or narcissists (who are selfish). Machiavellianism is actually a personality trait rather than a disorder itself – although some people may find themselves using it for their own ends, it can also be used for good purposes. For example, being able to manipulate someone into doing something they don’t want to do can be helpful if it means helping them avoid danger or harm!
  • The Narcissist. This person has a strong need for attention and admiration from others, but the narcissist’s self-image is extremely fragile because it’s based on an unrealistic view of their own abilities and significance in the world around them. However, this image is also very important to them so they do everything they can to protect it by using manipulative tactics like gaslighting (where you try to make someone question their sanity), blame-shifting (blaming your problems on others rather than taking responsibility), projection (assigning your own failings onto other people) etcetera… which makes them pretty darn dark!
  • The Psychopath. This person is the most dangerous because they have no conscience or empathy and often feels no guilt or remorse for their actions. They are cold, calculating manipulators who will use any means necessary to get what they want and will justify their behavior by blaming others for their problems.
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Why is Dark Psychology Important to Know?

Knowing what motivates us and others is essential for success. Dark Psychology can help you understand yourself and become more self-aware. It will also give you the ability to anticipate how others might behave, think and feel. This in turn allows you to predict their actions before they happen, giving us an edge over them!

Finally, Dark Psychology is about understanding the human condition and how we think, feel and act when we’re in stressful situations. It can help us to understand ourselves better – which is essential for personal development.

Who Uses Dark Psychology

If you’ve ever wondered who is using dark psychology tactics, the answer is simple: anyone who is selfish and manipulative. Dark psychology can be used by people from all walks of life; it’s not just limited to politicians or politicians. Business people use dark psychology on a regular basis as well, as do parents and children—and sometimes even teachers!

It’s important to keep in mind that dark psychology is a tool, not an end goal. There are times when using these tactics is appropriate, but there are also times when it isn’t.

How to Use Dark Psychology

Understanding Dark Psychology

If you want to use dark psychology in your own life and relationships, consider the following:

  • Understand that dark psychology is a tool that can be used for good or evil. It depends on the person using it and the context in which they’re using it. If you choose to embrace some of these tendencies, make sure they align with your morals and ethics.
  • Don’t let anyone tell you how to be yourself! Everyone is different, and everyone has unique qualities that make them who they are—even if those qualities come from negative traits like jealousy or anger (which most people have). You don’t need anyone else to validate who you are; just trust yourself. If someone tries to make fun of the way you speak or act—or even worse, try changing who YOU are because of what other people think—they don’t deserve a place in your life anyway!

How To Use Dark Psychology In the Workplace

In the workplace, one of the easiest ways to use dark psychology is by playing on people’s emotions. For example, if your boss is angry and you have no idea why ask him or her if they’ll be okay with giving you a raise above what they originally mentioned in their budget. You can do this because it will increase their focus and make them happy.

Again: don’t try this at home; this kind of manipulation is only appropriate when dealing with someone who has power over you (like an employer).

How To Use Dark Psychology In Politics

You can use dark psychology to manipulate people. In other words, you can use it to get elected and then re-elected again.

Secondly, dark psychology is a great way to manipulate people into thinking that they need something—something like the election of your candidate of choice!

Thirdly, dark psychology is a great way to get people working together. In other words, you can use it to get people thinking that they need each other in order to accomplish something—something like the election of your candidate of choice!

How To Use It In Personal Life

Dark psychology can be used in many different ways. Perhaps you have a goal or desire that is being blocked by someone in your life, or maybe there is a person who has been controlling you for far too long.

Maybe it’s time for them to learn that they are not the only ones with power. Dark psychology can also be used to manipulate others into doing what you want them to do, whether that’s helping out around the house or agreeing to meet up with an old friend at Starbucks later this week.

You might think dark psychology is something only sociopaths would use, but actually, anyone can use these techniques if they know how. In fact, many people already do—it just takes practice and knowing what triggers work best on certain people (some like compliments while others respond better when their flaws are pointed out).

What Are the Risks

Dark psychology is not a good thing. The risks of using it are numerous and can be detrimental to your life.

  • It can be used against you. If you’re spending all your time trying to remove someone’s happiness, you may find yourself being manipulated by them and hurting yourself in the process.
  • It can be used to manipulate you into doing things that are bad for both of you (like giving money away). You need to consider the impact on both parties’ lives before using dark psychology techniques because they might just harm everyone involved.
  • It can also be used to hurt other people—and that’s what we don’t want! If someone uses dark psychology on you, then it’s likely that they’re trying to cause some type of harm against their target (you).

How Can You React To Dark Psychology

The best way to deal with dark psychology is to avoid becoming a victim, perpetrator, bystander, enabler, rescuer or supporter. You can also be a collaborator; however, this option is not recommended until you have gained the respect of your collaborator and made sure that there are no negative repercussions for doing so.

It’s also important to be aware of your personal psychology and how it can affect the way you deal with others. Being able to recognize when someone is trying to manipulate or control you will make it easier for you not to fall into their traps.

Dark Psychology Vs Manipulation

Dark psychology does not always involve manipulation. Manipulation is a tool of dark psychology, but it’s not the same thing. Dark triad manipulators don’t just use “dark psychology” to control people. They also use classic techniques like framing, victim blaming and weapons of shame for that purpose.

The difference between dark psychology and manipulation is nuanced but important: Dark triad manipulators will often attempt to make you feel guilty or bad about yourself without actually engaging in any kind of genuine conversation with you first.

They might say something like “Why do you make me feel this way?” or “You’re hurting me.” This is different than using a dark psychological technique such as mirroring someone’s voice tone while they’re speaking (which is more likely to elicit an empathetic response).

Manipulation involves getting what you want through deceitful methods—such as pretending to be someone’s friend when you really have ulterior motives—and then justifying your actions after the fact by claiming that your lies were necessary for some greater good (like saving someone from themselves).

Understanding Dark Psychology helps us understand our own motivation.

Although many people have a deep interest in evil, the study of Dark Psychology is not limited to those with an academic bent. In fact, it can be said that it is an integral part of all cultures and societies throughout the world.

The reason why this branch of psychology has been so useful for understanding our own motivations is that we all have a dark side inside us and we need to understand it if we’re going to avoid becoming like those who we fear or dislike.


We often use the word “psychology” when we are talking about a person or group of people. This is because psychology is such a powerful science that it can explain why people do what they do.

We know that there are many different types of dark psychology and manipulation tactics that are used in the world today. Understanding these techniques will help you to recognize them when they occur around you so that you can avoid being manipulated by them or by others who use them frequently.”

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Mo Fayez is an engineer by trade with more than 15 years of experience in management, passionate about Management coaching, self-help, and productivity. He has a passion for teaching and helping others become the best that they can be. He also enjoys training people to become more productive at work.Learn more about this blog that Mo has created in 2021, and why he decided to start this blog. If you want to send Mo a quick message, then visit his contact page here.

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