I strongly dislike manipulation and am drawn towards direct people. I can kind of read sub-text, but often take in so much that it becomes dizzying and I don't really know what to do with it. This is also partly because I don't tend to have a sense of certitude about it. I can just feel it is off, have a sense of it in a way that I can't put into words, but can't read it in a specific way that I find particularly useful except that I seem to have an ability to calm people down in my reaction to it. My mother was not manipulative, nor was anyone in my immediate family, so I didn't learn it that way, but have observed various things. Being direct is better overall, I think.