You’ve heard of the Carrot & Stick Approach? According to Wikipedia, “It is based on the idea that a cart driver might activate a reluctant mule by dangling a carrot in front it and smacking it on the rear with a stick.” Not unlike narcissistic manipulation, eh!? They act nice (carrot) and when that fails, they turn nasty (stick). Wash-rinse-repeat. Over and over ad nauseum. As if we’re so stupid, that we don’t recognize the pattern. Personally, I find it humorous, y’know, just a little around the edges.
Here are real-life quotes from the nice-nasty-nice-nasty pattern played out in a friend’s life.
He didn’t fall for it…and neither should you. Forewarned, as they say, is forearmed!