Fear and guilt are 2 major emotions used in mind control techniques to dominate and manipulate others. Narcissists are no stranger to this fact, even if they don’t use this exact terminology.
Adult children of narcissists are often hypervigilant to the moods of others as we have already noted. This is based on fear, even though the person may not consider it fear. It is just a normal state for them!
But, in effect, they are experiencing a chronic stress state which takes its toll over time.