Manipulation is a neutral word with a negative connotation. I just had a client concerned over the idea her man might be manipulative. Seeing his Mars conjunct Pluto, I assured he was manipulative. But so?
People manipulate other people for good or ill. I manipulate people and things all day long. This client hired me to manipulate her and I did. I took this wire out of that slot, put it in this other. I moved that charge from where it was to this other location, washed her windshield, shined her bumper and sent her on her way.
I have confidence she will benefit not only in the near term but further out. Had I not penetrated and manipulated, well then… then nothing.
Tell us the story of a time you were manipulated in your best interest so this word (and Plutonians) can cut a break.