The puppeteer is the narcissists. When you’re in a relationship with a narcissist you end up feeling like a worn out puppet – tethered toxically to a person who control your thoughts through their emotions.
You always feel like you have to be careful of what you do and say even though they have the freedom to do and say as they wish. You have to tip toe, acquiesce, sacrifice, be mindful, and always obsequiously attentive. When you associate with them. You feel as though your free-will has been taken from you.
Why? Because they are pulling the strings that emotionally torment or drain you. If you have been in a relationship like this, it is a relief to get a way from him or her and when you look back, manipulation doesn’t even begin to cover what you have experienced.