what one must first understand is society, for the manipulator, has dimensions, 2d(john and jane does),3d(marks),and 4d(manipulators aka social vampires)
now, not all social vampires are pests. They are actors,politicians,corporate bigshots,etc. The latent ability in all non mundanes,and even some of them, is the ability to manipulate. Computer hackers call this social engineering (rule #1 about blackhat club,you don't talk about blackhat club). The main point is to sell drama (aka "fluff") and a dream(the proverbial bone dangling in front of ol poochie). With an optimum mix of flair and feignt, you can have the "unfair" advantage.
this is what I offer,will update..(forgive me I have mania at the moment so I switch focus easily)