In a blog post titled “Narcissistic Friends: What’s the Attraction?” featured on Psychology Today, Suzanne Degges-White Ph.D. explains what being friends with a narcissist often entails. White also explains why so many people, especially women, struggle to disengage from these toxic friendships.
Although befriending a narcissist isn’t quite the same as engaging in a relationship hallmarked by abuse, there can be a similar dynamic in that the narcissist is able to draw back in a friend who is trying to break from the relationship. Narcissists can be master manipulators who are driven only by the need to gain power through any means possible that allows them to come out looking good on the surface even if inflicting unseen wounds to the psyche.
Read the blog post here