The narcissist is relying on you to do this, which is part of why they’re trying so hard to romance you. This makes you much more easily manipulated, as you’re naturally a bit off balance.
Also, as you go deeper into the relationship, you reveal more of yourself to him, and trust him more (Never noticing the tidbits he tells you about himself are small and or incomplete, because he is such a great listener! That then allows him to destroy you emotionally when he stops paying attention to you or starts abusing you.
That said, his listening skills are not the greatest (mainly nodding) as his natural self-centeredness is almost impossible for him to overcome.
He may frequently may interrupt to bring the conversation back to some mundane aspect of himself, this is a red flag!
Often, if a couple is in therapy, the narcissist can put on such a great show that their partner ends up looking like they are the problem, and the therapist, if not knowledgeable about narcissism, will not see the real issue.
Therapists can be manipulated to further abuse the victim, “proving” the narcissists accusations of their partner not doing enough and reinforcing the thought that the victim needs to do more.
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I have approached this from a females perspective, as that is what I am and what I have been dealing with in my husband).
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The victim may try and explain the behaviors of the narcissist and why it’s damaging the relationship, but the abuse is often so subtle it’s hard to verbalize and pinpoint how and why the marriage is deteriorating.
It is far easier to think that you are causing the issues and if you change your behavior everything will return to “normal” (i.e. Compounding the problem is the fact that the diagnostic definition of Narcissism is fairly subjective.
In reality, he is just no longer wearing the mask and is showing his true self to you.