Living with a narcissist in your life is extremely painful.
They are only in love with themselves.
They a brutal, sadistic, abusive manipulators.
They can not love anyone. They will destroy your self-esteem, Your reputation, Your support system, Your family, Your hopes and dreams. They will destroy everything in your life. They want to take away your sanity just because they can.
You are everything that they are not and something that they can never be.
Once you’ve identified a narcissist, cannot love anybody only advice is No contact. Limited contact for children I have a post on the grey rock for parallel parenting.
A narcissist can not be helped and they can not be saved. People with empathy always want to help those around them. With a narcissist, they will just pull you under with them.
So if you have children with them and you can not do no contact. I know some cases the children have no contact, others move miles away. Some the narcissist has managed to get a court order. Some of you have managed to set up limited contact.
I have a few things for you to remember if the narcissist is still in your life, to remind you that they will never ever change, they are incapable of change, they will always go around in circles playing their silly games, they do not know any other way to act. this also helps if it’s a work colleague.
The narcissist will always use you and your children with manipulation. They are abusers.
They don’t see other people for people or care about other people’s feelings, they are just a stepping stone to them to get, what the narcissist wants. If you stop listening to their words and only their actions, all they do is use people to get what they want. This will never change. The part of their brain that gives people empathy, is so dysfunction, possibly even missing in the first place.
Narcissist only sees people as an extension of themselves. So they are unable to see others as having their own wants needs, opinions and beliefs.
To a narcissist, other people are just an appliance to them. Where you see an iron. You think of it as an object that will serve a purpose, of getting creases out of our clothes, we don’t see the iron as having want or needs of its own, we use it for what it was created for.
With a narcissist, they see people as that appliance to serve their needs, from getting emotions out of them, to money and power. To make up for what they are lacking. While ever you let them, and you have something they want they will continue to use you. It makes them feel smart powerful and superior using manipulation to get one over on others.
A lot of us view them as helpless people, who we can help especially those who play the victim. So remember they can not change. You can not help them. It’s a waste of time trying to help them, they are either incapable or do not see a problem within themselves so do not want to change. As to them, everything is always someone else’s fault.
A relationship with a narcissist will never be about give and take, many think they misunderstand and try in vain to teach them about equality and compromise. They are not interested in that, they are only interested in themselves.
The narcissist does not want to be equal. They want to win, they want all the power and control, they want to be first always.
When in a relationship if you try to be independent or put forward your views, the narcissist sees this as extreme threats or criticism to them, they will manipulate until you are back under what they perceive as their control. You will be attacked, for daring to have feelings and thinking your feelings matter.
These are not just selfish people. Yes, selfish people exist, yet they will love and care about those around them. A narcissist can not do this.
A narcissist can act that they do, if you play close attention to how they treat everyone you will see, they can only truly ever care about themselves. If you’ve been with a narcissist you will know just how destructive they can be.
If they can not control and destroy another person that they were intimate with odds are they will keep trying, if you have children they will use this to try and achieve this. No, never ever react directly to them. Instead, focus your time and attention on validating your children’s feelings as a narcissist is unable to do this. Also, spend that time on you. The narcissist, doesn’t see themselves as a problem and will feel powerful if they are getting to you. So even if they are still getting to you. Do not let them know. They are not interested in what you have to say just your emotions, and reactions.
The narcissist will always manipulate it around, that you are trying to control them.
If they feel they need to compromise for someone else it’s a huge problem. If you bring up your needs and feeling about them, they will project this back onto you as it’s all about them. Narcissist only feels validated when they can control and be more powerful than those around them.
Everything a narcissist says, is a lie, a scam, manipulation. A narcissist can be very charming and manipulative and will do all they can to hold onto you, because of this, it’s extremely hard to say no. Often people don’t even realise they are being abused.
If they think they are losing you, or they’ve lost you and still need you for something. Suddenly they will see the light, they will manipulate their apologetic words around onto you. They say exactly what you want to hear to use it against you, They will crank up that charm, it’s all fake to get their needs met again. This is all an illusion, all they have it’s their false self, lies and manipulation.
If today they have come round to apologise for lying again, usually they will use “ I only did it because you didn’t” I’ll let you fill the rest In as you’ve probably heard one of many. If they are telling you they’ve seen the error of their ways, it’s all lies and manipulation. If you’ve done this before with them when you say no, they do another 180 on you. They will then claim, you forced them to apologise because of what you did to them. They will twist events so that you are either lying, confused or in fact, you are the abusive one. If you stand up to them on this, they will fly into a rage to get control of the situation, along with you “ what are you doing” they will manipulate it all back around onto you. They only apologised because they wanted to resolve the situation and you made them. This is why your left thinking you are the crazy one. You are not otherwise you’d not be reading this and you’d have never doubted yourself. You wouldn’t have the empathy to care and want to help them. They don’t care you caught them red-handed, or that they’ve lied thousands of times before. They only want their needs met.
If apologising doesn’t work they will switch the tactic to denial. “ you’re stupid.” “You’re crazy.” “You’re controlling.” Etc. If that doesn’t work they’ll make out you’re attacking them. They will say you lied because “ they can not do anything right.” “ they can not make you happy.” When that doesn’t work. They may go onto meltdown to guilt you. Or rage to frighten you. If that doesn’t work and they still don’t get any response from you. They may take a few days, weeks months or years. They will try to come back and start again at the beginning with that false projected apology.
They will go around in circles with this while you are saying no. As they are never accountable for anything they do. It will always be someone else’s fault. They just want to control everyone, with these tactics to achieve what they want. They will use, silent treatment, projection, gaslighting etc to achieve their own wants.
The only coping Strategy a narcissist has is to spread their misery onto others, to feel better about themselves. I often wonder if the narcissist is hoping to get that Freaky Friday moment and have a personality swap with those close to them. They can see emotions those around them have. Yet they can not feel them. So are they hoping to offload all their bad into you, in the hope they manage to actually escape themselves? People with empathy are just everything a narcissist can never be. Narcissist wants to absorb all the emotions from others whilst passing over all their bad traits onto the other Person. They want to control and dominate others, to strip them of the good qualities.
When they lie and smear other people, they are actually trying to convince themselves that the other person is bad, that they are a hero for trying to help them and putting up with them for so long. With all the lies they tell, and never being accountable, they no longer even know their own truth. They’ve actually manipulated their own brain into thinking how they do, so they can simply never see the damage they cause to others. As to them, it is all your fault.
If the make others crazy they are not the crazy one. If they make others weak then they are powerful. They can only take from others they can not give. In the beginning, they take everything from you by mirroring you. They suck you I’m with flattery only because they need it back. They project all their negativity onto others, as soon as they are called out on this, they see it as why you are doing to them.
They will never acknowledge within themselves what they do, they will
Always be looking to deflect onto you.
Even the greater that know what they are. See you as the problem for having emotions and being weak.
Narcissist actually enjoys hurting others, as they hate their selves so much. They get a kick out of making others feel bad. The greater, that know enjoy the fact they can play the master puppeteer with peoples emotions whenever they require some.
Always remember a narcissist can not love anybody.