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Is Empathy Psychological Manipulation?

FACT: the truth about how m&ms make friends
M&M: Don’t let this hard exterior fool you… Because “inside” we are the same…
Kiss: You gut a paper wedgie too?
Caption: They Used Psychological Manipulation Against Us

Originally Posted at Chato Stewart’s Mental Health Humor at Psych Central:

Is Empathy Psychological Manipulation?


Okay, before you go into a rage on about this title being some type of an oxymoron.  Know an important thing, the title is more a reference to the Mental Health Humor cartoon.  Com’on let’s face it, we have all, at some point, been manipulated by the false belief that M&M makes friends!


It’s a ploy to force me to share my candy…With kids that I can only buy their friendship with M&M’s.  When my candy is gone, so are my NEW FRIENDS; off to steal M&M’s from someone else.


Oh, don’t even get me started on Hershey Kisses!

PS. The Cartoon is about Empathy. Here are other cartoons I drew about the subject:

Empathy Empathy

Psychological manipulation is a type of social influence that aims to change the behavior or perception of others through abusive, deceptive, or underhanded tactics.Wikipedia

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Is Empathy Psychological Manipulation?

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Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2018). Is Empathy Psychological Manipulation?. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 21, 2019, from


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