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Bait Phrases

These are phrases that people use to invite someone (the “baitee”) to argue or debate in an effort to manipulate to a different outcome/decision. The goal of using a bait phrase is to alter the original decision. An example would be something like, “If you don’t let me go you don’t trust me!” The “bait” is that the person will now want to explain that they DO trust the person, and the manipulation will come when they change the decision and allow the child to go to the event to “prove” that there is trust. Remember, though, that this is NOT about trust at all; it’s about manipulation.

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