People Smart: Sensing Other’s Motives

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Sometimes we have a bad feeling about someone or the intentions that person has. We always have that friend that say: be careful with that person because I don’t like his/her intentions, well you should listen to your friend because there’s people that are more sensitive than you.

This instinct is called precaution or in a more scientific name PEOPLE SMART the intelligence that helps us understanding people’s intention and feelings.

A manipulative person with hidden motives is only focused on themselves. Psychologists believe that ‘failure to complete specific essential steps in the identity-formation process results in specific forms of distrust in self and others, leaving manipulative styles in place of normal feelings and expressions of confidence, respect, and mutuality.’ People with hidden motives may be at risk of developing antisocial personality disorder.



  • Manipulative: Characterized by unscrupulous control of a situation or person.
  • Confidence: The feeling of belief that one can rely on someone or something, firm trust.
  • Identity formation: It’s the development of the distinct personality of an individual.


Try to be patient with the people in your surroundings.


  • Have do you notice someone’s intentions?

Welcome to this activity created by Team Leader in-charge Mr. Daniel Ruiz from Santa Fe Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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