Overcoming Narcissist abuse, by Elizabeth Shaw – Life Coach.
How those with narcissistic personality disorder treat relationships.
A narcissist finds a target, it depends on the nature of the narcissist and the nature of their target.
Once identified, they will find out as much as they can about you before they take action.
They will then start the love-bombing of you, the idolisation stage, they already know things about you to draw you in fast and deep, compliments, meeting up constantly, lots of messages from them, they mirror you and all that you do, all your likes and dislikes they match.
Once they know they’ve got you, the idolisation stage continues, not as much as they do in the start, how long this lasts depends on the type of narcissist and you.
When they no longer feel you are meeting their needs, they will start to devalue you, first, they’ll just start acting different to you, you’ll be wondering and may ask if they ok, they will lie, that they or tired or some excuse. They realise your human, that as all humans do you make mistakes, and they are no longer getting enough positive attention from you, it can be either day, weeks or months after this.
Then the full manipulation games start, they manipulate you from the beginning, yet as most narcissists do they up their games, the gaslighting, silent treatment, infidelity, projection, blame-shifting, isolation, arguments, triangulation, financial abuse will all be used against you, to draw negative reactions. To provoke you into arguments, so you react, feel bad and give in, or whatever they can to get you to apologise. As by this point you are most likely suffering from cognitive dissonance you will be confused, you care, have empathy and feel a need to put things right, we rarely walk away to start with, as we don’t understand what’s happening to us, and will still have all the great memories of the good times with them, because we care about them, we try to fix things, they will then bring intermittent reinforcement of the idolisation period back, so we end up questioning ourselves even more, they will stop any abuse, and show you how amazing they are, which makes it all the more intense, we believe that as we put more effort in, or apologised to them it has saved the relationship, leaving us more confused when they start to devalue you again, these moments can last, days, weeks, months or years, depending on the narcissist, they will cycle between, idolisation and devaluation, to keep you more confused.
Sometimes they devalue you, whilst the idolisation stage if they find a new target, or if that doesn’t work out, they’ll start the idolisation stage on you again and discard them, if it works out they’ll discard you.
They might resort to a prevention hoover if they believe you will escape them and they’ve not got a replacement sorted. So they will give you an amazing and often intense love-bombing period of idolisation, Depending on the type of narcissist the victim narcissist will most likely use pity plays, although most narcissist can and will play victim, some will use violence and threats, either overt, “I’ll take the children if you leave.” Or “I’ll make sure nobody sees you again if you leave me.” Or the covert. “Nobody will love you.” Or “I’ll make sure you regret leaving me.”, once they have a replacement sorted, they will most often up and leave. Some will be a lot more calculated often using financial resources, to either sweep you off your feet with holidays and cars to keep you hooked, or threaten they’ll leave you with nothing if you were to leave them.
At some point, they will leave, and nobody falls in love faster than a narcissist who needs a place to stay or to prove they are not the problem.
They might triangulate you and the new against each other, either by getting reactions out of you, to help with their smear campaign of just how crazy you are, so they get the sympathy from the new and others, whilst getting reactions from you, or they’ll be telling both of you how much they love and care, yet the other will not let them go, so you both fight for the attention, as most are often trauma bonded, a narcissistic relationship is highly addictive as it meets all your human needs, as well as chemicals released, the dopamine from the highs, and the cortisol from the lows.
Most will try to test the waters to come back for the hoover, to suck you back in.
Then they repeat, with the new person, or with you.
The only way to stop this is by you standing up for yourself and saying no more, getting out safely, getting restraining orders if needed, writing out all the negatives of the relationship, and how it always cycles around to you getting hurt, so when you doubt yourself and want them back read it. learning it’s not love you are addicted to them and like any addiction it’s easier to break if you become addicted to something else, become addicted to finding who you are, working on and creating new dreams for you, knowing why you want them, making it a must, filling your time in positive ways with things you love doing for you. Learning to stop people-pleasing just so you’re liked and don’t offend anyone, learning that if you are saying yes to someone else, your saying no to you, then you need to say no to them and yes to you, nothing wrong with compromise with those who like you are willing to compromise, those who are not, are not worthy of your compromise.
Learning that what others say about you does not define you, writing out all those endless invalidation comments others have made about you, and putting in place your own thoughts, taking good care of your own thinking abilities, you have the powers within your mind to think and feel how you want to, to say no those outside events do not get my attention, no the past is not defining my future, I’m in control of my thoughts and my life now, then go and make your new dreams happen. You can and you will.
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