9 Common Tactics of Manipulators. 1. Guilt tripping. 2. Misquoting. 3. Bullying & threats. 4. Pleading, begging, and repeating something over &over until you wear down. 5. Crying, acting dependent, despondent, sulking and withdrawing. 6. Name calling, personal attacks & criticism. 7. Empty promises. 8. Appealing to a higher authority. 9. Lying, either by omission or commission.