Learn English – What’s the word for an act of making people do what you want thinking its what they want


What is the English word for this; making someone or some people do something you want while thinking its what they want…

For example I want to get my stuff at home so I told my brother that he forgot his textbook in my wardrobe back at home and so he goes back home to pick his text and in the process gets my stuff for me.

Best Answer

Manipulation, from Vocabulary.com

Manipulation is the skillful handling, controlling or using of something or someone. Whether it's the sculpture you made in art class or how you convinced your friend to do your homework — both are considered manipulation.

A famous example in literature of manipulation (however, not called that in the book) is that of Tom Sawyer and whitewashing the fence. From Wikipedia, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

[Tom] skips school to swim and is made to whitewash the fence the next day as punishment. He cleverly persuades his friends to trade him small treasures for the privilege of doing his work.