Manipulative people latch on to empathetic targets and exploit their innate qualities. They find people who are easy-going, gentle and kind - who avoid conflict and seek to make others happy. The Problem: They reciprocate none of these things.
When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will feel unfair, but stay above it, trusting that other people will eventually see the truth just like you did.
Sociopaths Are Charming, Manipulative, and Fantastic in Bed
"The less you respond to negative people the more peaceful your life will become." There is a tempation to fight back, isn't there. To respond like for like. But this only leads to more negativity coming back at you.
Red Flag You find yourself explaining the basic elements of human respect to a full-grown man/woman. Normal people understand the fundamental concepts of honesty and kindness. No adult should need to be told how they are making other people feel.