You have to keep in mind that narcissists have a deep sense of insecurity and self-doubt.
You don’t have to be sympathetic about this, but you can be compassionate by refraining from adding to their distress.
This will quickly shut down a narcissist because you will be refusing to add fuel to their fire. The narcissist’s grandiose sense of self is simply their defense against profound psychological pain.
9. Be Vague
The attention you give to a narcissist is addictive. They will continue to look for that fix to help satisfy their ego.
If you keep giving them what they want, they will continue to try to control you so you will meet their needs and wishes.
Keep all dialogue to a minimum. Don’t talk to a narcissist unless you have to.