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ArgumentNo. 1/2009

The ethics of psichological manipulation with references to the architect-client rapport


Manipulation and liberal professions.

From a psychological and psycho-sociological point of view, all liberal professions commonly share the interaction between an expert offering services of consultancy or devising a plan of action which clarifies the manner and limits in which the client will be active within a certain field. Another common aspect is that the client’s (or pacient’s, student’s…) needs will be met through processes or practices governed by the rules and codes specific to each profession. The client is marginally familiar with these rules, but enough so that he knows who to turn to for the solution to his problems.

Civilization and manipulation.

Differences in the ethea of various civilizations, such as those of the Far East and the space of the Mediterranean (including expansions into Latin America), are also reflected in manipulation methods. The Latin predisposition to seduction and playfulness are in marked contrast with the Far East’s sobriety, refinement and rigor in any form of expression, where honor, a sense of duty and tradition are the main instruments of manipulation.


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