Enter the Sphere of Influence | Knowing the Narcissist
In my case, I broke free of contact immediately, once the mask came off. It was not intended by the Greater to come across as a complete self-unmasking, but it did come across that way to me. He mixed his direct malice with a demeanor that suggested, “I just can’t help it, as intellectually I am error prone.” But the pattern of this hapless “error prone” demeanor had done me so much damage in the past, that I had to treat it as a punishable offence, despite my natural inclinations to forgive and to explain why errors of that sort were indeed errors in every sort of way.
I disciplined myself and broke off contact.