To be fair, I’m not going into a lot of detail about the rest of the manipulation in this piece —…
Kitty Stryker

I disagree that manipulation requires some kind of end-goal or even conscious intent, as the comment above yours, Kitty, seems to suggest. Plenty of people engage in emotionally manipulative behaviors without having a conscious, much less calculated, idea of what they’re doing.

Compounding this is the sense that some people who have invested a lot in a certain identity (such as, but not limited to, “progressive”) have a harder time with specific kinds of self-assessment, since it stands to undermine their notion of who they are.