Thank you for writing this. I have encountered a manipulative ‘friend’ this year. Things were traumatic, but fortunately they did not go as far. There was this moment which I, like you, gave up (for the first time in my life) on my free will and told him he could do whatever he wanted. I was so glad that I backtracked on my statement immediately when my words hit the air. That’s how fucked-up a situation can sometimes go when we try to deal with a manipulative person with both compassion and faith in humanity.