A narcissist will generally attempt to dominate the conversation in a manner that can hold an audience. This is why people are drawn to them. When you first meet them, they have a magnetism that pulls you in. Only after you get to know them does it become apparent you're in a very one-sided relationship with no real future.
"Misery Loves Company". This quote is one many of us have heard for many years, but often do not relate to those trying to stop our goals and keep us complacent in the facet of not becoming better. The next time someone demeans your dreams and tries to have you doubt yourself, know they (misery) wants company and the see you as the best fit because your goals are realistic and attainable; which makes you the target to shoot down so you can join them at the bottom of low self-satisfaction.
Oh my word. So true. The tragedy is that so many people who are abused don't even realize it. Predators can be absolutely brilliant at grooming their victims, making their victims think what they're going through is normal. Sometimes it's blaming the victim. Sometimes it's disguising abuse as some form of medicinal or other routine. Sometimes it's parentifying children so they feel responsible for their perpetrator's feelings. Sometimes it's gaslighting so the victim is confused about their