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How to Handle Master Manipulators
Dale Hartley Ph.D., MBA
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And thus I clothe my naked villainy / With odd old ends stol'n forth of holy writ, / And seem a saint when most I play the devil. — Richard III
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Dale Hartley is an associate professor and chair of the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences division at West Virginia University, Parkersburg.