I think manipulation has a foundation of deceit in it. I hate deceiving people. Not my thing.
But I am persuasive.
if I want to know, or get something done; it WILL happen. one way or the other, no matter how long it takes me. I will find a way to get it, without lying or manipulating.
btw, my mom said the same thing about me this morning. " you were such a cute, clever kid. The devils offspring, but still cute, so long as no one got on your bad side..