Here are some questions I try to ask myself before choosing to befriend or even do business with someone. They help me to better discern if I’m dealing with a manipulator.
Does this person make me feel weak, unknowledgable, or inadequate?
Are they being pushy? Do I feel rushed or guilt tripped into something?
Do they use the victim card frequently? Does it seem like everyone’s hurt them?
Are they humble? Willing to admit fault to their mistakes?
When I say "no," do they get aggressive or show their dark side?
And you would not believe how much better the atmosphere of our waiting room at the studio became. People seemed happier and more positive, and that teacher who hid in her room started hanging out with everyone again.