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According to psychiatrist Perry Branson in a blog post on Psychology Today, this can result in dissociation from the situation.
Narcissists can never change, she said, and the best thing survivors can do is run far away from them as fast as they can.
The reasons for this are not well understood in psychology yet, but both nature (genetics) and nurture (parenting) could play a role.
For example, Mahler wrote that if a child's caretaker is abusive, this can result in a defense mechanism in their psychology called "splitting," which could help explain why some people grow up with a lack of object constancy — and then become narcissists with the inability to have empathy for others.
When we quarrel with our loved ones, most of us have the ability not to do too much damage.
This is because of something called object constancy.
They also learn that when she leaves the room, she will come back again.