It’s zany the way Narcissists still desire friendships after we break up with them for abusing us with every tactic imaginable under the sun. Our heads do that spinning jive again when we get asked to just carry on as friends.
Who wishes to remain connected with someone in whom they broke off an intimate relationship for gaslighting, crazy-making, manipulative, deceitful behavior?
The above scenario is akin to asking a starving lion if it’d like to join us at our dinner table for a light salad. This animal will accompany us in great gladness, but the salad will get pushed to the side, and we will get devoured.
With an abuser it’s best not to continue even as mere friends. They will still eat you alive.
I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.