If I feel puppeted by people, it’s because I haven’t cut the heart strings.
Ultimately, it falls to us how much we allow people’s opinions to influence our hearts. We aren’t to close off our hearts, but simply guard them. Likewise, the Word says we’re to listen to wise counsel, but also find our validation in the Father alone.
In other words, love but don’t seek earthly love. If it’s given, just receive it as an extra blessing and move on. But don’t seek the earthly extra, seek the heavenly Source. When we SEEK love from earthly sources, we get into trouble.