Narcissistic abuse may also occur in adult-to-adult relationships, where the narcissistic person tends to seek out an empathetic partner in order to gain admiration of their own attributes and feelings of power and control – narcissistic supply. The narcissist creates a dynamic abuser and victim relationship through a cycle of abuse resulting in traumatic bonding that makes it hard for their partner to leave the increasingly abusive relationship.
PARENT – CHILD/FAMILY
Parent-child and any family relationship is based on the same principals of a narcissistic abuser. The narcissist needs validation of self and feelings of power and control. Results of research show that misbehavior in their children, for example, may provoke them to physically make them believe the child’s misbehavior is a direct rebuke of their authority. The same can be true for any family members, although the dynamic between siblings, for example, is different than that between a parent and their child.
Research suggests that narcissistic abusers can and do climb the corporate ladder more readily and are to charm and gain trust from other co-workers and management to do so.