Echo and Mirror Personality disorders?
Sam Vaknin coined the term 'inverted narcissistic personality disorder' to describe people who were closet narcissists, who needed narcissists, acted as their wing man. In a study of young people, it was discovered that they either wanted to be famous or wanted to work for a famous person.
About ten years ago I thought there should be another medical term for people who seemed to be attracted to NPD, narcissists. I suggested Mirror or Echo personality disorder; someone who was attracted to a Narcissist. Such people were either raised by a narcissist or were naturally attracted to them because they had a low feeling of self worth. Of course I was wrong.
Wait. there may be another explanation.
I read a book about how to get along with people, and it said you should 'mirror' other people's ways of talking and physical acting.
Anyone can be bamboozled by a narcissist. NPDs are always looking for new sources of NS, narcissistic supply. In order to get people to admire them, they will use anything they can think of. Anything. That is why you find them everywhere you find people. Some normal people, and those of us who have woken up, can usually detect the signs, and are not fooled. But most people are blissfully ignorant. Because a NPD is not a psychopath - his or her behavior usually stays within the norms of society.