Any of you folks have a ‘friend’ with who you just can’t shake the feeling that they’re always trying to spite you?
The obvious answer to this is to just cut off contact but it’s not that simple - we run in the same circle, others have a decent opinion of them (others don’t) and from time to time they can be reasonable.
I’ve tried calling them out on it, but they vehemently deny any malice. They go back to being cordial for a while before subtly fucking me over, usually via a psychological attempt i.e. sowing seeds of doubt, conveniently flaking on deals etc.
I can’t chalk it up to insecurity, because no one else has this effect on me.