The pawing is to show people (or give the impression of) how happy and in love they are, kinda like the Facebook version of "look how good our relationship is" when people constantly post gushy, lovey shit. When in reality the relationship is a nightmare.He's probably thinking 'why am I applauding this quitter. I've got where I am by dint of hard work and my intelligence, all he's done is suckle at the taxpayer's teat. And for God's sake, I do wish they'd stop pawing each other all the time!'
My narcissist ex used to be like that in public. All touchy and loving, then when behind closed doors where no one could see the real her, she turned into an absolute nasty, violent creature.
I feel sorry for the lad, I know exactly what he's going through.