The tale in general tells of the adventures of a prince named Tristan, the nephew of King Mark of Cornwall.
As might be expected, Tristan eventually finds his way to his uncle's court at Tintagel, where he is praised for his manliness – he, like Arthur, was a great warrior.
The relationship cycle typical of extreme narcissistic abuse generally follows a pattern.
Individuals in emotionally abusive relationships experience a dizzying whirlwind that includes three stages: idealization, devaluing, and discarding.
Gradually, the target begins to see bright red flags that indicate a problem in this fantastical paradise.
The person with narcissism often may begin—subtly, insidiously, and covertly—to devalue his or her significant other.
The medieval Arthurian legend, as found in the Romances, is not solely (or even chiefly) about Arthur, a fact too many Arthurian enthusiasts forget.
Those who believe in and argue for a historical Arthur are legion, whilst Myrddin and others are often neglected, lacking their own band of cheerful supporters to argue about the smallest detail in their legends.
Being that I didn't have an older brother to “show me the ropes,” and my father didn't really tell me anything about women, I was a late bloomer and was actually horrible with women for way too long.
Regardless of my good looks, I just didn't “get it” when it came to women.
Men and women alike are both guilty of this, whether they are educated on the fundamentals of courtship or not.
People use mind games in order to manipulate their lover into never leaving, or just to keep a fake relationship or attraction a float.
Soon the relationship proceeds into a more comfortable rhythm.