Wow, have you hit on an important point (and a KEY distinction)! Thank you, Andie. You know what I believe? I believe it is kind of different when the narcissist in question is a parent. Walking away is fraught with difficulty and, in my opinion, may inflict even more pain. Maybe the answer is exactly as you stated: some distance when needed. And, of course, the emotional and psychological intelligence to remember (and it is fucking HARD!) that there is only so much we can expect from that person. That if we need to feel truly supported and heard maybe we’re best advised to seek that from a friend. Empathy is not in the narcissist’s bag o’ tricks. As long as we know that and we stop trying to get blood from a stone…well, then it’s okay. Does that make sense?