I respectfully disagree with Sacha’s video, shown below. Just because you can do something, does not mean that you should.
People with Empathetic Traits and people with Codependent Traits, do not spend their lives “Manipulating” others. Their claim to fame (and what is attractive to Narcissists and other Cluster-B Disordered Individuals) is that Empath’s are always willing to give of themselves – to help others when they can – to have a heart (all the “Human” goodness that Narcissists lack).
Trying to counter manipulate a Narcissist, would go totally against an Empath’s nature. Secondly you do not fight with a Narcissist, because you will never win. Narcissist lack Empathy and can lash out in unexpected ways. A Malignant Narcissist could flip out in a Narcissistic Rage and cause massive physical damage to your body (on top of the emotional toll).
In my opinion, going No Contact and staying No Contact is the safest and more prudent course of action. I would never suggest to anyone to try and counter manipulate a Cluster-B Disordered individual or a Psychopath. Victims need to get away from Narcissists, not practice counter manipulation and in effect start to behave like Narcissists.
Video is courtesy of the Sacha Slone YouTube channel