Some sleazeballs know they're exploiting you, but think it's for a good cause. Others just pretend it's for a good cause but know better. Either way, they'll defend their behavior 'til the cows come home, acting sincere whether they mean it or not.
How then can you tell whether you're dealing with a sleazeball? You can't just ask, "Are You A Sleazeball?" in so many words and then take their word for it.
Here's a page from a sleazeball's playbook listing 14 easy-to-use, universally applicable formulas for deflecting critism back onto the critic. If you're talking to someone who seems to be working the formulas, no matter how sincere they sound, chances are you're dealing with a real sleazeball.
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