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n South African Journal of Psychiatry - De-stigmatising manipulation : an exercise in second-order empathic understanding

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9685
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Abstract

Standard definitions of 'manipulation', especially regarding people with a borderline personality diagnosis, usually highlight the purpose of manipulativity, i.e. the intention to produce a belief in, or action by another person. In this article, I will try to show that this is only one side of the coin, and shed light on a complementary aspect of manipulative behaviour: manipulation can serve an , rather than alloplastic, pragmatic motif - the attempt to establish contact with the other in order to achieve a more distinct experience and representation of the other. My tentative hypothesis is based on the meaning of manipulation as touching ( means 'hand') in infant behaviour where manipulation is a means to explore, rather than a way to modify the other's state of mind.

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2014-04-01
2016-12-10

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