Manipulation. This a sticky topic. So shadowy, but so interesting.
You can apply this to anything (like politics or the media). But when I think about it, I think in terms of one on one relationships.
For example, a patient may manipulate their therapist towards some end. But therapist may simultaneously be manipulating the patient to an end of their own. This is the stuff nightmarish paranoia is made of! It’s so freakishly complex.
Mars in Scorpio is a master manipulator. However, (some) people become wily with age and experience. I’m not sure I would bet against one of them.
There’s also the question of consciousness. A person is manipulative, but do they realize it? Is it purposeful? Or accidental, unbeknownst to them?
There’s a lot to discuss here, but I’ll offer this advice: if you think someone is manipulating you, take the time to ask yourself, if you’re not manipulating them right back.