Apart from intimidation, an aversive strategy adopted by domestic abusers is isolating their victims to manipulate. Isolation from the outside world is an important element of psychological control for the abusers to encourage compliance from the victims.
You may have noticed that your friend is acting differently, and you suspect they are being abused by their intimate partner. Help them to realize they’re in a relationship to be happy, to smile, and to make good memories, not to be constantly upset, to feel hurt, and to cry.
If narcissists are not empathetic, then how could they ever act like they are? Isn’t this how empathy works? To be aware of and to choose your actions based on someone else’s feelings? Well, yes, and no.
Triangulation is the way the narcissist maintains control and keeps you in check — you’re so busy competing for his or her attention that you’re less likely to be focusing on the red flags within the relationship or looking for ways to get out of the relationship.