Manipulation involves the desire
to move someone or something
to a place or state the manipulator envisions or expects.
This is not to judge manipulation as good/bad or right/wrong.
Through mutual agreement & rationalization,
one can differentiate between transparent vs. surreptitious,
well vs. ill-intended, manipulation.
A magic show
can be thought of as transparent manipulation.
Feeding kids hidden veges
can be thought of as well-intended manipulation.
In some sense,
the opposite of manipulation is creation.
Because creation involves the desire
to arrive at a place or state the creator did not envision or expect.