Not everyone is a narcissistic person. Some people are just hard to deal with, just confident, just egotistical, just awkward, some have Borderline personality disorder, we are all created unique, as much as there are some truly horrible people in the world, there’s also those who need help, and understanding, there are also millions upon millions of truly amazing, kind people in the world.
If someone in your life has five or more traits of the narcissistic personality disorder, if they lack in empathy, if they feel entitled, if they exploit others, did all those abusive manipulate things. That you didn’t even see happening to you, gaslighting you, blame-shifting onto you, giving you the silent treatment, hurting you time and time again, to the point you ended up questioning if you were a narcissist because of your reactions, ask yourself one thing, have you behaved like that with others or only around narcissistic people, to defend yourself? You are not a narcissist, no matter what you did or didn’t say. Did or didn’t do you don’t deserve to be treated the way a narcissistic person treated you.
You might be questioning everyone around you right now, and you perhaps can not get to grips with the idea that people like this exist in the world yet come across so normal at first and so normal to others.
If you spent, weeks months or years of your life with them. It’s extremely difficult to move forward, especially if you’ve got children with them and still have to see them. Or they were your parent.
Most of us are left at the start, when we discover what’s truly been happening to us, with a lot of hurt, pain, anger and resentment. A lot might be thinking of revenge, or when will karma hit them?
The best consequence you can give to them is to let them go, leave them in the past where they belong, let them get on with their inner misery that they hurt so much they have to pass it onto others, one of the most awful things is a lot of this not always is due to some form of childhood trauma, they don’t remember. As you’ve probably tried countless times to help them, they’ve promised to change countless times, yet they never made that change. Why? Because most don’t even know why they ended up like that, most are so full of those negative emotions, jealousy, envy, anger, hatred, and they just feel better about themselves when they destroy others when they make others feel how they feel, misery likes company. Narcissistic people enjoy making those around them feel miserable. You can not help them. You can not change them. You gave it your all. Most do not even see themselves as needing to change. They all think that everyone else needs to change who they are and do as the narcissist says, and you don’t. They are entitled to be who they want to be, and you’re entitled to leave them to it. As no one is entitled to abuse others.
The best revenge, the best karma, the best punishment, is to go and do what they never can, go and be happy, find your joy, go and move forward with your own life, by feeling sorry for yourself, feeling hatred and pain, that’s only allowing them to steal more of your life from you, more of your happiness from you. Yes, you need to grieve and let all those emotions out. Yet, you also need to move forward with your life, and they don’t deserve any more of your time, your love or your energy, they had that. They didn’t want that. They blew it.
If you have children together, You might still be nervous when you have to see them while passing the children over. If you work on yourself, it gets easier. To the point, you are no longer afraid, ( again some are extremely dangerous, and safeguarding issues are too significant a risk for the children to have contact. ) those who do, however, you will learn they are just one big bully and once you do stand up to them, with your new-found self-respect and boundaries, you’ll notice they cycle around the same cycle of manipulation tactics, to try and get to you, every time you don’t react they keep going and eventually move onto the next, then when you don’t react they go onto another. Finally, going back around to where they first started.
When you see what they indeed are, observe how they genuinely act, understand they have no power over you anymore to so desperately get that reaction from you they so need and so want, when you know you have the gift and opportunity to teach your own children, with kind, positive words, on how they want and should be treated, with the right steps in place, grey rock, limited contact, lots of explanation of opinions and boundaries, yes at times it’s tough, at times it’s incredibly hard and draining, yet for your children so worth it, they’ll be able to spot a manipulative person a mile away, when they are older, you’ll no longer be afraid of that narcissist, you’ll no longer fear to say No,
If you don’t allow it, they no longer have any hold over you. Just stay out of it when they have the children, yes again hard as you parent your way, they’ll do whatever they can to get a rise out of you, just parallel parent, your children will learn for themselves, who was always there always kind, even if like all parents you have the odd occasion of raising your voice, don’t have the money to get them something they so desperately want. Children need presence over presents, and they need nurture and care, they need to feel understood, around the narcissist like you found out they do not feel understood, why limited contact is a must.
Only you know how your narcissist ticks. Yes, they have all the same traits, people have Eerily similar stories, but even a narcissist is an individual. Only you know how your children are coping.
So if they don’t see them at all due to safeguarding, once a year, once a month or once a week, you know what they are capable of, you know how your children are coping if they’ve managed to make out your crazy. They have custody, work on your recovery, then get up and fight for your children, you can and you will.
It’s hard when it’s your parents, especially if they are elderly, as you’re a good-hearted caring person who wants to help them, you can not help them if you can spend time around them without it affecting your mental health do so, if not leave them be.
Forgiveness is not for them. That’s for you. No matter what’s happened, you deserve to be happy, yes bad things happen to good people. It doesn’t have to destroy the rest of your life.
We have things that happen to us, that shape us and change us.
They no longer have to define you. What defines you now you know who they are, is how you react, the choices you now make for yourself, put up your boundaries today and no longer let them control you, instead of controlling yourself, who you want to be and what you want to do.
You are who you want to be, and there’s no wrong way or right way on how you handle the parenting, only your way. Regain yourself, regain your trust in you, restore your power over you and your life.
Wanting revenge and karma is a normal human emotional response most people feel after realising what they’ve been through, remember the best revenge is a success, and if you use those emotions to start you on a new path, use them, just use them to help you do better, never let them make you bitter. At some point, while creating that better life for you, that anger and resentment will fade, especially when you can be grateful, they are in your past, and for what they taught you, this isn’t easy if you’re at the start, however, it is possible.
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