Narcissism or narcissist are terms that are loosely thrown around in today’s society, and often without the proper context. These are terms that shouldn’t be associated simply with selfishness or self-absorption, but with something much more serious. A narcissist isn’t just selfish or self-absorbed; they lack the ability to empathize, they use people for their own personal gain, and they often discard people when they no longer see a purpose in the relationship, whatever that term means to them.
What’s worse is that they’re good at faking it. They know how to attract others and persuade people into placing misguided emotional investments into a relationship that doesn’t actually exist. They are gifted when it comes to deceit and exploitation, and no one is exempt from the harm they can cause.
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If you’re in a relationship with a narcissist, friendship or otherwise, here are three ways they can try to take advantage of you.
1. Emotional Puppeteering
This is an act commonly referred to as triangulation, and it’s used by narcissists to maintain control in any type of relationship. In order to manipulate your emotions, they will bring a third party into the relationship dynamic in an attempt to provoke jealousy, and keep the power.
For example, If you have a problem and you go to your narcissistic friend for support, they may try to bring in a third party to deal with the problem so they don’t have to. They’ll often say things like, “I wish you’d be more like him/her.” If you notice this happening, get out of the relationship before it gets worse.