One of my senior coworkers who is in a position of significant responsibility hates me and has been hiding it for months by behaving like a wolf in sheep's clothing to protect his status and reputation in the company. He is able to remain professional, sympathizes with my views and occasionally does acts of kindness to my face with the aim of earning my trust, but behind my back when I cannot see or hear him, he has used a number of underhanded methods to stab me in the back, which I will list below:
makes cuts to my bonus pay without me knowing
pulls strings in the dark by ordering other staff to berate and yell at me with the intent to cause mental distress and evade responsibility for bullying in the process.
baits me into situations to make me look bad in front of management, or sabotages my performance at work by doing the tasks that he knew I was preparing to do to give management the impression that I had wasted time and resources in doing needless preparation
Change or alter a situation after I had made a report to management to give the impression that I was dishonest or mistaken
Portrays himself as the good guy by saying to my face that "I believe you deserve more bonus pay over co-worker X", which seems to be consistent with his act of distributing more bonus pay than co-worker X on that same day, but in reality, he was forced by management to distribute more pay to me from the bonus pool as he was ordered to do so.
Excludes me from social gathering and chats in the workplace, but does it in a way that makes it seem like co-worker X is responsible by pulling strings in the dark AGAIN. Co-worker X would look displeased and annoyed by my attempts to join in on their conversation with the backstabber and try to isolate me at work, but I have come to realize that he was under the backstabber's influence.
Does everything in his power to deny me training and promotions to prevent me from advancing in the company, and ensures that I receive all of the dirty work that no-one wants to do.
I had no clue this guy harbored such a deep-seated hatred against me, and I only made aware of this when a co-worker who the backstabber was on better terms with had informed me about this due to pity. I'm just astonished how one person in a position of power can hinder your growth within a company like that. Before I believed that progression in a company was performance based, but now I have come to the stark realization that corporations are hopelessly political and your advancement is entirely dependent on the authority figure's approval, or favor, to be more precise.
Given this situation, the only solution I could think of was to just quit. I feel helpless knowing that your company career can be over simply because a powerful person or senior in a corporation hates you for whatever reason, and the hate need not be ethical or justified. It can be due to be bigotry, homophobia, envy, not apologizing for the most trivial things, or just plain discrimination. Since the more emotionally intelligent individuals are incredibly sly and cunning, they know how to gain power by means of psychological manipulation and abuse it to bully and harass people they don't like, all the while getting away with the harm they have inflicted. I find it hard to trust people now that I have met an individual extremely skilled at deceit, as shown by his ability to maintain an image of benevolence and innocence while driving a knife in my back and twisting it around this entire time.