Manipulation

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Meaning

Verb: To treat or operate with the hands in a skillful manner. To control or operate upon by unfair means to one's advantage.

Anatomy

In the context of joints, manipulation is the forceful, passive movement of a joint beyond its active range of motion. It can also refer to the process of bringing fragments of fractured bone or displaced joints into normal anatomical alignment (otherwise known as 'setting' the bone). Manipulation does not imply specificity or the correction of the vertebral subluxation, and therefore is not synonymous with the chiropractic adjustment.

Social psychology

In a psychological context, manipulation means to influence a person or a group of people in such a way that the manipulator tries to get what he or she wants or makes a person believe something in a calculating, indirect and somewhat dishonest way. It is a form of psychological abuse.

For example, a manipulator will

  • use arguments that the manipulator does not believe in himself
  • or withhold or distort relevant information,
  • or launch false information (disinformation)
  • or "play" on the emotions of the person.

This might also involve propaganda when it is directed to more than one person.

See also

Magic

Manipulation can also refer to sleight of hand tricks in magic or XCM.

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