These are excerpts from Freeing Yourself from the Narcissist in Your Life.
The narcissist is a master at extracting the pulp and juice of others—their time, talent, creative ideas, energies—to serve his purpose alone. When he has distilled the best from you and all that is of value to him, he discards the rest and moves on. All relationships with narcissistic individuals are exploitive…The narcissist is a tyrant who controls the world that he creates. He holds absolute power over his subjects, who have no rights of their own. Like a dictator, he writes arbitrary laws that everyone is expected to obey…He surrounds himself with associates who answer only to him.
Behind the elaborate mask, the narcissist’s experience of emotional emptiness is beyond longing or sadness. It is a severe and intractable wounding, a pain so savage and deep that it seems intolerable. The psychological landscape of the narcissist is bleak…The narcissist feels empty because he is completely alone. Like a house without furniture or a landscape without vegetation, his inner world is devoid of meaningful relationshps. All signs of life have disappeared.
The force of narcissistic rage is cataclysmic, designed to leave no survivors. The timing of its eruptions is unpredictable. There is no chance to escape and run for cover. The victim feels invaded, even assaulted.
Those who live closely with a narcissist—wives, husbands, partners, children, in particular—are required to be false to themselves.
Lies roll off the tongue of a narcissist as smoothly as butter melting on hot bread. For him, lying is as natural as breathing. A lie is a handy tool the narcissist uses to enhance and protect his image he has so painstakingly built.
When ruthlessness runs its natural course toward destruction, it becomes treachery. Treachery is a profound betrayal of trust that causes grave harm to another human being. Treachery takes many forms; in the extreme, it ends life itself.