I really need some advice! How do you deal with someone who is manipulative? This person pretends to be kind and polite to me in front of others, while taking sly digs at me.
This person has wronged me and I treat him coldly as a result. I’ve thought about returning his faked kindness but unfortunately, this artifice doesn’t sit right with me as he’s wronged me badly and artifice is generally not in my nature.
How do I wrest control of the narrative that he is trying to create?
How do I shut down his digs at me in a way that defends myself but doesn’t imply that I’m overly affected (as that would simply encourage him)?
Ideally, my first steps will be to distance myself from him and I have done so, but for unavoidable reasons, only to a limited extent. I will continue to pursue this strategy to its maximum effect, but I do need some other ways to deal with him for the foreseeable future.
Also ladies, I am aware that my account does not provide every detail. This stems from privacy concerns on my half.
Within the constraints, I’d appreciate any invaluable advice given! Thanks ladies!