Ulterior motives

Ulterior motives refer to hidden or undisclosed intentions or motives that someone has behind their actions or behaviors. These motives are often different from what they openly communicate or portray to others. Ulterior motives can vary greatly depending on the individual and the specific context, but here are some common examples:

  1. Personal gain: One of the most common ulterior motives is pursuing personal benefit or advantage. This can include seeking financial gain, power, status, recognition, or other forms of self-interest at the expense of others.
  2. Manipulation and control: Some individuals may have ulterior motives to manipulate or control others for their own purposes. They may use tactics such as emotional manipulation, coercion, or deceit to influence and gain power over people.
  3. Revenge or retribution: In some cases, people may have hidden motives driven by a desire for revenge or retribution. They may engage in actions to harm or undermine someone they perceive as having wronged them in the past.
  4. Hidden agendas in relationships: Ulterior motives can also manifest in personal relationships. For example, someone may enter a romantic relationship with the primary goal of using the other person for emotional support, financial stability, or social status, rather than genuinely caring for them.
  5. Advancing personal or professional interests: People may have hidden motives aimed at advancing their personal or professional interests. This can involve exploiting opportunities, connections, or resources for career advancement, business success, or personal growth.
  6. Sabotage or competition: Ulterior motives can include sabotaging others or engaging in unhealthy competition to gain an advantage. This can occur in various contexts, such as the workplace, academic settings, or personal rivalries.

It’s important to note that not everyone has ulterior motives, and suspicion should not be cast on everyone by default. However, being aware of the possibility of hidden agendas can help you make informed decisions, protect yourself from manipulation, and maintain healthy boundaries in various aspects of life.

 © Linda C J Turner

By Linda C J Turner

Coaching and Therapy
Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Hypnotherapy.
Qualified NLP, EMDR and CBT therapist.
REIKI Master.
I believe in truth, honesty and integrity! ≧◔◡◔≦

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