Those dynamics are important right now though... and they’re just so karmically delicious.
They’re worth savoring.
He weaponized all the same tools Trump does: secrecy, fear, isolation of non-believers, banishing detractors.
It was extremely toxic but effective... until it wasn’t.
One of them is by focusing each member of the flock on only the narcissist’s favor or disfavor.
They lull people into worrying only about where they stand with the narc.
Being favored by the narc equals power and safety. Being disfavored equals powerlessness and danger.
Most people just work to stay out of disfavor. They just toil to make sure it isn’t them on the shit list.
Those people don’t just want to survive despite the toxicity; they want to profit from it. They want to gain power and standing.
While others are merely avoiding the danger of a narc’s disapproval, they’re using it as a tool to help themselves at others’ expense - and it works.
Suddenly, the opportunists cannot weaponize the narc’s favor or disfavor because people are more worried about the real world problems of the entire thing falling down.
That’s what breaks the spell.
The flock loses their hypnotic focus on the narcissist and suddenly begins to worry about themselves.
Some people merely don’t care if the once-powerful manipulators drown with the ship.
While everyone works for the same warden, it’s more like when prisoners overthrow the guards.
The biggest assholes are in for a really ugly time of it.
Even long after though, I was quite content to watch the few internal players who helped themselves at others’ expense finally get their due.
Others were out for revenge though.
It is a shockingly quick pendulum swing.
It just implodes in an instant.
Mark my words, every person who has done more than merely avoid disfavor is now in their colleagues’ crosshairs.
Some of their colleagues will merely let them drown. Others will heap bricks on their back.
We won’t be able to keep pace with the leaks.
Trump charmed the snakes. Now he has lost his flute and is waist-deep in a snake pit - and so are his deputies.
This is how it all tumbles down.
And I’m going to enjoy every second.