Overcoming Narcissistic Abuse, By Elizabeth Shaw – Life Coach.
It’s hard enough breaking up from a healthy relationship, it’s something else entirely breaking up from a narcissistic relationship, the trauma bonding that you don’t get from the breakdown of a healthy relationship makes it difficult to come to terms with what’s happening and leaving them in the past where they belong to create your new happy future, so creating distance will help,
When you have your heart telling you, I miss them, and I need them.
Then your head telling you, they are bad for you, they abused you.
It’s difficult to move on, as your head and heart pull you from one to the other.
Write down all your false beliefs, for example.
“They are treating the new person better because the new person is better than me.”
“If I had tried more.”
“It was all my fault.”
“I’ll never find anyone again.”
Whatever it is that’s coming from your heart or your thoughts. Write it all down. Then remember this is your emotions talking, you may start to think of ways to get this person back if you have gone back before you know it circles around to the end again. They may come for the hoover, and you take them back again. This is because you have taken all of the blame. Some great things you can salvage from a relationship with a narcissist is wisdom and strength for yourself, knowledge of what love isn’t and behaviour you’re no longer willing to accept from others, learning your values, your beliefs, your boundaries, new dreams and a whole new happier life for you.
Ask yourself if anyone blamed you for everything in your childhood, or previous relationships, as this can help you realise the pattern if there is one, of why you take all the blame. Ask your self. “Who is my life has blamed me for things going wrong?” From friends, family, parents to the ex-narcissist.
Then ask yourself, “what do I gain from protecting my abusive ex and blaming myself?”
You could be blaming yourself out of a pattern from a long history of being accused, in the past from others, or it could only be from the relationship with the narcissist of being manipulated and blamed.
This one can be difficult, but in order to move on, you need to work out what the benefit is to you, by blaming yourself and protecting your ex. Write them down. What you think, examples are.
“ I loved how they treated me in the start, and I want that back.”
“If I’d have been a better person, they wouldn’t have done that to me.”
“I ruined the relationship and made them treat me that way.”
A lot of you will feel these things, it’s normal and comes from a long period of time, in which the narcissist blame-shifted everything onto you, over and over again, that it reprogrammed your mindset.
If this thought creeps in tell yourself.
“They are a narcissistic, they could have a disorder and it who they are, they’ll never change.”
“It was them who blamed me, and I am not to blame.”
“They ruined the relationship, because they were abusive, no matter what is said or done, nobody deserves to be treated how the narcissist, treated me.”
Now that first list you made, write down, facts next to each one. Put the true statement from your mind; examples are.
” I tried my best, and I changed who I was at every crossroad in the relationship to be a better person for them. To lose who I truly was for them, as they didn’t really love the true me.”
“It was not my fault, and they have a history of failed abusive relationships.”
“They only treat people well at the start, to seal the deal.”
“I will learn to love and be happy within myself, know my values and standards, so when I meet someone, and I will not allow them to cross these.”
“They used, gaslighting, silent treatment, financial control, blame-shifting, to control me.”
“They will not change for anyone.”
“It’s time to break free and be happy for me.”
Whenever you find yourself, missing them, read these facts.
It’s challenging to recover from narcissistic abuse, and it’s time to stop focusing on the good parts and remember who they indeed are. You need to repeatedly tell yourself the harsh reality and truth, of what actually happened to you in the relationship.
Now is the time to leave the toxic relationship in the past and start working on you.
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