One of the many ways narcissists are incredibly dangerous is how they want to win over the friends & families of their victims. While this may not sound particularly dangerous, it truly can be. It also can be destructive to a person’s life.
When a narcissist befriends those close to their victim, the narcissist learns a lot about that victim. Naturally the narcissist & the victim’s loved one will discuss the victim at some point, & the victim’s loved one will mention something about them that will benefit the narcissist. Maybe the victim started a new job or moved. This person telling the narcissist information has provided the narcissist important information. If the narcissist is the stalking type, now he or she knows new locations to find the victim. If the narcissist doesn’t stalk, he or she still can cause problems. The narcissist can make anonymous phone calls to get the victim in trouble with their boss or landlord.
Or, the victim’s loved one may mention something just in passing that infuriates the narcissist, such as the victim has started dating someone new. If the narcissist hasn’t moved on, this will be a huge narcissistic injury. Some especially malignant narcissists may be so evil, this news makes them decide to kill the victim. If the narcissist isn’t that malignant, he or she still can cause problems for the victim & their new love interest in countless ways. The narcissist might show the new love interest pictures of the victim & narcissist together claiming they never broke up. The narcissist may even show provocative pictures taken of the victim during their time together. The possibilities are endless.
There is also the likelihood that the victim’s relationships will be damaged, often beyond repair, by this new “friendship” with the narcissist. When someone you’re close to suddenly becomes friends with your ex, it can be hurtful. It’s also very suspicious if they never were friends while you were together. When they know that your ex was abusive & are unapologetically on good terms with that person, that is a thousand times more hurtful. It’s an obvious betrayal & proof that this person isn’t loyal to you. That alone can end a relationship with a friend or relative, but if that person becomes the narcissist’s flying monkey, it’s pretty much a guarantee the victim will end that relationship.
The narcissist doesn’t have to be an ex significant other for this to happen either. It happens often in families when one relative is abused by their narcissistic parent. People take sides, & usually they side with the narcissist. It seems that every culture has this unspoken belief that parents can do no wrong & children should love them no matter what. Plus, narcissists are very convincing actors, which helps them win people over to their side.
In either scenario, once the narcissist befriends their victim’s friends or family, that victim will end up losing relationships.
Narcissists are aware of such things happening which is why they try to befriend their victim’s friends & family. They stand to gain a great deal by doing this. They also know they are stealing their victim’s support system, which hurts the victim. They enjoy being able to hurt that person without so much saying a word to them. If you are in this situation where the narcissist in your life has befriended those close to you, my heart goes out to you. Not only were you hurt by the narcissist, but by people you never thought would hurt you. If you are still in a relationship with those people, chances are excellent that it’s in your best interest to end those relationships immediately. Anyone who can befriend someone who abused you is NOT your friend. They are too cowardly to stand up for what is right by telling the narcissist to get lost.