Every Narcissus has an Echo
In relational dynamics, there is much focus on narcissists and the difficulties they cause. What is often missed is that in relationship, there is a second person, who if they stay, takes the role of Echo from the original greek tale.
Without an independent voice, they’re generally passive, compliant, and self-effacing and believe what is said to them is true. They may not believe they have any rights and naturally go along or put others’ needs and feelings first, sometimes self-sacrificing at great lengths to please.
Continuing to do this perpetuates the relationship dysfunction every bit as much as the narcissistic partner who takes advantage of it.
If this resonates for you, check out this article about the myth and tragedy of Narcissus and Echo, and reach out for help if you are ready for it.