How the n Parent Manipulates

“The narcissist manipulates, projects, attacks, and makes nice to their child—to keep the focus on the narcissist. This is what makes narcissists so dependent, no matter how bossy and independent they seem. It explains why their parenting style can fluctuate from extreme rigidity to utter laxness, from authoritarian to best friend. The narcissist parent is always seeking to meet their own needs. This does not reflect on or have anything to do with what the child needs.”

Adapted from When Your Parent Is a Narcissist