Why We End Up Confused Around Narcissists.

Time spent around narcissistic people can leave us feeling confused, anxious, full of self-blame and self-doubt, heartbroken, with cptsd, to name a few. It can wipe out our old belief system to the point where we no longer know who we are or what to believe in. Feeling lost and overwhelmed, not trusting in our own judgment.

The internal conflict we have from being around a narcissist without realising what’s happening, between their admiration seeking face and their envious seeking face, between those Jackie and hide characters the narcissists show you to sell you an illusion of our ideal while we catch glimpses of their shadow side, which they project into us and gaslight us into no longer knowing what to think it can be crippling for your sanity, draining emotionally, physically and mentally.

What is cognitive dissonance?

This is a state of mind where your beliefs or opinions don’t match up with attitudes or behaviours, where your reality no longer matches your beliefs, so you’re always looking for ways to match them up, or you’re living two different reality’s. When the narcissist future faking words don’t match their actions, then their gaslighting stories get you questioning your actions and your memories and not their broken promises.

How do they do this?

You meet them, and they love bomb you, through various ways, if you like movies you go to the movies, long conversations if you’d like marriage and children they’ll make all those plans with you, if you don’t want those things neither do they, they message you call you, be there for you. Then at some point, it all stops, all you get is some half-truths. “I went to watch that for you, and I don’t like it.” Or “I would have if you hadn’t.” Conversations turn into them talking about themselves, and they’re no longer interested in you. They’ll guilt trip and say things like. “You don’t do this for me.” ”after all I’ve done for you.” those silent treatments. They will project all their faults onto you. You then blame yourself, beg, plead, apologies, change to suit them and the nice narcissist returns, making your mind believe it’s you, they are all those nice things, only for it to cycle back to them showing their true colours, leaving you a little more confused each and every time, slowing losing who you are, slowly losing your reality and slowing losing your mind. They’ll then call you “crazy.” Or say “you need help.” They reinforce In your mind it’s you. When in actual fact, it’s what they do to you.

Gaslighting is one of the more common forms of a narcissists manipulation. Yet, when we are unaware of what this is, it’s difficult to see it happening to us while it is happening, however with more awareness once we know we can see it a mile away.

Gaslighting is psychological manipulation to distort someone’s reality, to make someone doubt themselves and reality so much they feel like they are going crazy, often by the very person who’s sending them the way, the narcissist saying. ”You’re crazy.” so that we doubt ourselves and doubt reality all the more, the common gaslighting phrases are.

There gaslighting starts at the beginning starting that cognitive dissonance within our mind. They learn who you are and what you like and dislike, what your beliefs are, they start by showing you the reality that they match you in every way, Emotional bond, to love and care.

They mirror us and sell it back to us, so we feel understood by them, we share the same interest as them, have lived the same experience as them, share the same beliefs, values, and feel completely at ease with them.

Those long conversations with them at the beginning where they learn all about us and collect the date they will one day use against us.

We feel we can be vulnerable around them opening up to them not realising any past wounds we have they’re going to tear right open and use the things that hurt us the most to hurt us the most.

In the beginning, their arrogance can come across as confidence, we admire them, compliment them, as they lap up the attention.

As we feel so in tune with them we care for their opinions, whether we ask them for advice or not, we have that emotional connection we care for them, and we care for what they think and feel, believing they do us, with their lack of object consistency meaning if there is anger, disagreement, distance, conflict, and their lack of empathy, they don’t care in the same way we do and they switch off. They can hurt us if they feel criticism then walk away.

Once you’ve fallen in love, they then begin to use it all against you in many ways. There are a few ways they use cognitive dissonance against you.

As at first, as they show you the reality, and you lived that reality that matched your beliefs, then when they believed their needs were not being met, they gaslight, devalue as we care for them and their opinions we look to them for communication to receive those silent treatments, causing us more confusion and pain. They might provoke us into stepping out of character and reacting, so we feel guilt and work harder to please them, they project any mistake, flaws weaknesses in them onto us, they pass all the blame for anything wrong in their life onto those around them, and problems with our life they also blame us. So we believe we did wrong, then they’ll show you that false reality that matches your own beliefs, so you think it was, in fact, you that did wrong, your mind becomes torn between the fundamental truth, the alternate reality they are gaslighting you with, to cover up their bad behaviour towards you.

Then they’ll offer that intermittent reinforcement of the ideal future, ( future faking.) to give us the hope if we do right by them, they’ll do right by us.

Because of the above treatment towards you, it causes a state of confusion within your own mind, as you fight the actual reality of who they are, with the false truth of who they pretend to be that matches who you thought they were and want them to be, believing you’re at fault, so your mind will downplay their behaviour towards you. The narcissist will also gaslight with ”that never happened.” they will downplay their toxic behaviour and exaggerate yours. Your left in a trance with your mindset not matching not trusting perceptions, people and your own self. As you are holding two or more contradictory beliefs, or reality’s at the same time, it leaves you in a state of confusion, and often with anxiety, which they will use to gaslight you more, they’ll say things like. “look at the state of you.” And “I told you last week.” Or “you’re insecure.” And “you’re paranoid.” Which when you’re already full of self-doubt those words reinforce this reality, as their opinions of you matters from the beginning when you felt so understood by them, you’re continually looking for a reality check. Yet, mostly if you’ve been isolated, that reality check is coming from the very person who’s sinking you.

They’ll happily watch your head go under the water, to offer you a hand and raise you back up, just to dunk you back under.

As you experience cognitive dissonance, it makes your mind hold onto two or more beliefs, reality’s, ideas or values, it causes a hazy memory, brain fog, that fog also appears from the narcissist using fear, obligation and guilt to coercive control you. When you can see the facts and the truth, yet it’s not matching those beliefs people find any reason or excuses to relieve the discomfort within our own minds, making incidents not as bad as they were, blaming ourselves etc. the psychological abuse received in this way, leaves you confused, full of heartache, with mixed feelings of betrayal and you feeling to blame.

The gaslighting they use against you. That psychological manipulation, where the narcissist plants seeds of self-doubt within your mind, making you question your own memories, perceptions and sanity. Which results in you having cognitive dissonance, leaving you often confused, isolated and going to the narcissist for reality checks. They slowly take more power and control over your mind.

Our minds can then unwittingly self harm us. Trying to remove this cognitive dissonance. By twisting our own truth, the reality feels too uncomfortable to bear, so our minds twist it, not knowing we are running away from the truth. It makes us feel worse. It’s the minds way of protecting itself from pain, temporarily, yet long term it causes more pain, our minds find ways to eliminate facts, we don’t want to accept creating dissonance.

Evasion. We are avoiding what we don’t want to know, creating a sense of denial within our minds, creating that dissonance.

Seeking validation, which is a good thing, unfortunately, that validation we find is often from the narcissist, which only ends up reinforcing That cognitive dissonance.

What can you do?

Healthy ways to reduce cognitive dissonance and get your mind back on track and working for you.

Write it out. Keep a written diary, write down the reality and facts precisely as they are no matter how painful, facing that pain and stepping over that pain will, in the end, free your mind from the pain it’s suffering now, every time your brain tries to tell you a more straightforward story, read the truth out until you’ve got reality in your mind and can naturally leave it in the past.

Speak with trusted people, those who will relate with you, let you know your thoughts are healthy, why it’s happening and that it’s ok to think how you do, back to vulnerabilities. When good people open up and understand vulnerability within themselves, they can connect with others.

When your beliefs and reality don’t match, it helps to understand what your beliefs are and recognise the reality isn’t matching, instead of making excuses in your own mindset.

Other ways.

Change your beliefs, and this can be hard, especially if it’s important to you.

Change the situation, if the reality of the situation isn’t matching your beliefs, get out of that situation, leave it behind, it’s not working for you, it’s working against you.

Change your actions, whatever it is may have caused your feelings of guilt, pain, fear, step into those, and work through them, acknowledge them, don’t run if you run you don’t heal.

In future become more mindful.

  • Keep a written diary.
  • Exercise.
  • Read and learn new things.
  • Talk with others.
  • Meditation.
  • Yoga.

Keep a track on your beliefs, if you need to change them, you can If you need to change something in your life that’s not matching beliefs you can.

You can, and you will recover from this.

How narcissists invalidate you.

CPTSD.

Love bombing.

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How Narcissists Twist The Story To Blame You For The Things They do.

Whatever happens in a narcissists life be it the grandiose or the vulnerable, the somatic or the cerebral, those who act more overt and those who are more covert, and they can all cross over if needed to exploit another, most act covertly as they hide their true intent from those around them, however, if we listen closely their projection, their natural defence mechanism to project all the bad within their life into those around them, those grudges they hold onto of the things others did to them, which often is what the narcissist did to those very people they’re holding a grudge against, they twist the story gaslight people to escape accountability, their baiting to get that reaction from you so that they can blame it all on you, whatever happens in a narcissists life that they themselves Perceive as negative or bad, they will pass the blame and play the victim to avoid those feelings of shame for the things they actually do. So just how do they play the victim so well without us knowing? Covertly is how.

A narcissist can not accept themselves for who they indeed are, and they believe they are superior and above and better than all others. They are either unwilling or unable to see faults within themselves, so they will make their own reality and do their best to make sure those around them believe them. They convince themselves that their reality is a fact.

They need validation from others to keep their own insecurities and faults deeply hidden, they want to guilt-trip those around them to escape the shame for what they do while gaining control.

People who’ve been close with a narcissist, get hurt, emotionally, psychologically, socially, financially and sometimes physically. They simply do not care, and they will turn whatever they do to you, onto you so that they can escape all accountability.

You communicate on a broader level, with empathy, compassion, understanding of others perceptions, caring, thoughtful and forgiving. They only understand they are the only person that matters.

You look for the middle ground and Compromise, and they are not looking for agreement, they are looking to win at all costs to you.

They communicate on a level which is only ever to serve and suit themselves.

The disorder is on a spectrum so some you might be able to learn how to disarm them and how to best handle yourself around them.

With others, no contact is the only way forward.

So how do narcissistic people, twist the story to play the victim, covertly is how, mostly hidden and in one form or another through gaslighting to alter your reality, so you feel like your losing your sanity and work harder to please them.

Gaslighting. 

They use this as a way to psychologically manipulate others into losing their own reality and taking the narcissists reality on as their own. Another way to escape the actual reality of their own by making others believe their false reality, thus them believing their own false reality themselves.

Gaslighting phrases, to twist the story and shift the blame to they don’t feel responsible and lose any shame.

When they lie through omission.

“I didn’t tell you because I knew you’d act like this.”

When they humiliate or hurt you.

“It’s not my fault your too sensitive.”

When they provoke you.

“You’re crazy, and you need help.”

When you ask about a promise, they made.

“I never said that.”

When they didn’t let on.

“I told you last week. You must be losing your mind.”

When they’ve done something, they shouldn’t.

“If you hadn’t, I wouldn’t.”

When you stand up to them.

“I’m not controlling. You’re trying to control me.”

When you catch them.

“If you would have done what I asked, it wouldn’t have happened.”

When they rage for seemingly no reason.

“You know what I’m like in the morning, and you should have left me alone.”

When they cheat.

“If you’d had paid me more attention, I wouldn’t have gone elsewhere.”

When you ask them about that message.

“You looked at my phone, wow I can not trust you can I.”

How to disarm. 

If you’re still with them, if they are a family member, write down what was said and if in doubt look at it. If you have children they still see, keep everything via messages or email, so you have it all in writing.

Lies.

They are compulsive liars, it’s a defensive mechanism, even if you have evidence they will lie through their teeth to get out of it, find some way to blame others or why it was all your fault.

  • They lie to get their needs met.
  • They lie to play the victim and get sympathetic attention from those around them.
  • They lie so they don’t suffer any consequences to their own actions.
  • They lie to escape all accountability, and because they can not reflect, they believe their own lies.
  • They lie to get admiration and positive attention.
  • They lie to confuse you and your own reality.
  • They lie to anger you and get your reactions.
  • They lie to control others, and to control their reality, to get their needs met.
    They lie, because their lies become their truths, as they don’t see fault within themselves in order to change themselves, blaming all others, and they believe others are at fault, and others should change not them.

Narcissistic people often lack in emotions such as guilt, remorse, empathy, as they live in their own reality, with their own opinions and beliefs. They may feel shame deep within themselves, often why they will blame others, or blatantly lie that they didn’t lie.

How to disarm. 

Don’t approach them they’re not looking to give you answers they give you more pain or a false apology such as ”I’m sorry but.” yes we can all make mistakes look to see if they are willing to own theirs, those who repeat toxic behaviour don’t learn from their behaviour. Look for facts, if they are bare face lying with evidence in front of them, remember they can not accept responsibility, they can not be accountable, give yourself the closure and answers.

Delusion and Denial.

A narcissist person can feel shame for the things they do. However, they don’t want to feel this shame, so they Project their shame into others by blame-shifting and Gaslighting to escape accountability and avoid taking any responsibility. To prevent them feeling any form of emotions like guilt and remorse. As a coping mechanism, they delude themselves and those around them to avoid any painful emotions, that their own reality is the only reality and it’s real, even though it isn’t.

Their reality is often indeed seen by them that way, and even at times when it isn’t, they tell themselves and others their truth that much their own subconscious believes it to be real. They have to create a story in their own heads perceived in the only way they want to see it, which is everything is always someone else fault and never their own, the more this goes around their head, the more they believe it to be accurate, why their stories are so convincing even when things don’t quite add up.

How to disarm. 

Write down what they told then write down your reality.

Projection.

The narcissist will project any unhealed parts of themselves onto others, as they simply will not and can not take responsibility for their own actions, they don’t like how they are empty, they need approval and seek attention, they are pathologically Jealous And Envious of those around them, they will fabricate, distort, lie, Triangulation and blame shift any of their own wrongdoings onto others. This creates an alternative or false reality in the narcissist’s own mind.

When you question them about something, and they say you’re jealous, it’s either to deflect the truth or because they are jealous.

When you suspect they are cheating and ask them about it. They will accuse you of cheating or being insecure, to deflect the truth often because they are actually cheating.

If they say someone was cruel to them, they were cruel to that person.

If they say someone is insecure, they are insecure.

If they say someone owes them money, they often owe that other person.

If they say their exes are crazy, look at the common denominator.

They want to pass all their faults onto others.

How they will tell the story to others.

Those with good intentions have their limits and can react in a manner, not like themselves and react badly, Reactive Abuse, this occurs when people finally snap, they might scream or shout in anger, throws insults or lash out at the abuser, abusers are known to try and push others for this reaction. Once the narcissist has the reaction, they will twist the story so the real victim is the abuser and the narcissist can play the victim.

They will use this against you forevermore, and some will even film it to go to the police against you.

If you reacted at any point during a domestic violent relationship, where they were controlling you? Then twisting everything into you? Then you feel as you’re to blame while they escape all accountability? This does not make you a narcissist, this is further manipulation from the narcissist, the keyword is REACT. You reacted to someone who knows all your weaknesses so that they can turn everything onto you. Own responsibility for how you reacted, see the whole story then let it go, it’s now in the past.

How to disarm.

In any future communication, retreat, rethink and then only respond if you genuinely need to do so.

Smear campaigns and your character annihilation.

You might remember the story’s they told you about the exes, and they most likely will not have wanted you talking to any exes because of course, they’re all crazy, having empathy you sympathise with them about just how horrible it is another person could treat someone this way.

This is what they will be doing to you, everything they did to you, any reaction you gave they will be twisting all the facts into their own reality and blaming you to the new.

They will often leave without closure, so when you call and message they’ll show the new partner, friends and family as evidence you’re Stalking them and they’re such a good catch that you want them back. Missing out the part they just up and left you and moved straight in with someone new.

“Nobody falls in love faster than a narcissist who needs somewhere to live.”

If you try to explain to their new partner, they’ll have been fed so many lies just like you once were that it’d confirm in the new partner’s mind that you’re trying to split them up.

Or they’ll Triangulate you both, so you both work harder to win them back, play you off against each other, they know you’ve taken them back before because of that Trauma Bond , so they’ll bread crumb you into believing you have a chance, they be telling the new how bad they feel for leaving you, and perhaps they should give you another chance, so you both without knowing fight each other to keep hold of a toxic manipulator.

How to disarm.

Leave them to it, focus on who you are and who you want to be, their story’s fall apart when you don’t look like the crazy ex, and you begin to look happier without them.

When it comes to children, some will just up and leave the children, explaining to others how you will not let them see the children. Others will play so many mind games with the children, fail to see them when they are supposed to, say horrible things to the children so that you have to choose no contact, they will them blame you to all others for not allowing the children to see them. They will happily drag you onto the court, while you lose sleep worrying about it all and the effects of the children not seeing them, with the impact on the children when they are around them is heartbreaking.

How to disarm. Keep as much written evidence on everything you can and be prepared. Set time aside to deal with court paperwork, then focus on being positive around the children. Do your best to get rest, set-aside time to deal with court of smear campaign, then focus on doing things you enjoy doing.

Observe don’t absorb.

When you genuinely pay attention to the words that fall from their mouths, you’ll know all those times you couldn’t work out what was happening, they were talking rubbish to you, from backhanded compliments.

“You’re hair looks better like that than it did before.”

“I didn’t think you’d get the promotion, congratulations.”

“You look pretty when you have makeup on.”

Observe their pattern of behaviour and their words, recognising thats who they are and that’s on them not you, nothing you do will help them, you can help you.

With good intentions, there is no wrong way or right way to live your life, stay in your reality.

Lies

Reactive abuse.

Communication.

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How To Respond And Not React To A Narcissist.

As most of you know, it’s extremely difficult to communicate with someone who doesn’t want to understand you, someone who says “I don’t want to argue.” Before the conversation begins or “why do you have to make things difficult.” And those “it’s not all about you.” Or the “you’re crazy.” When they are the very person who if it’s not going their way baits you into an argument or a reaction, who believes that they are right and you are wrong, they are good and you are bad, someone who sets the stage to bring out the worst in you, then stands back to watch your confusion.

It’s always advisable to go no contact with a narcissist and cut off your supply of attention to them, not always possible, in this case learning about the disorder, so you know what you’re dealing with, can recognise their pattern if behaviour and stay in your truth.

The narcissist personality disorder is on a spectrum. However, communication seems impossible with them all. We can open our mouths to talk, their level of understanding is the language barrier as they only understand if it’s about them in a good way, anything not about their sense of entitlement or questions their grandiosity, believe they are special, or anything they don’t see as ideal to them or the belief they are special, they take this as criticism, anything that goes against their grandiosity that they are superior, they will do all they can to gain the attention they believe they are entitled to, why merely walking away from some can cause them to rage, it’s ironic how a narcissist will tell you they don’t want to argue with you yet do their best to set the atmosphere and bait you into defending yourself to them. At the same time, they twist everything you’re saying to confuse you, upset you, create that drama and the argument.

So how do you communicate with the narcissist get your point across correctly without an argument? If you still live or work with a narcissist or someone that’s not a narcissist but has some traits, or you’ve left the narcissist, they’ve left you and especially if you’ve got children together, what can you do.

First, heal, know that other people’s opinions of you are not for you, especially the opinions of those who only wish to bring you down, to feel better about themselves.

Remember Narcissists love adoration if they can not get that, they love attention, above all else, they want to be in control, if they’re not in control, or even just because they are feeling that way out, they will bait you into none productive arguments to gain whatever attention and emotion they can from you. It’s just programmed into them for lots of reasons, from manipulating you, controlling you, getting a reaction from you, spoil your day, too they are right, and you are wrong.

With their lack of empathy, they only care about themselves. It’s a case of it’s my way, and that’s it nothing, and nobody else matters.

In the narcissist mind, it’s all about them, and you’re in the wrong. If they did something wrong of course it wasn’t actually them, to them, you made them do it, and they’re not accountable it’s you that made them act that way. They don’t reflect they just project any faults, flaws, weaknesses, mistakes over to you, to escape accountability for the things they actually do.

With a narcissist, it’s all tactics and gameplay. Anything and everything they do is to keep them in control of those around them, they will get control with persuasion, and manipulation with their tone of voice and the words they use, all else fails they will go to passive-aggressive manipulation those silent treatments/ the sulks, and /or aggression rage, violence. They are stubborn and have a closed mind if it’s of no benefit to them; they simply do not care. The worst thing you can do is argue with them. They love the emotional reactions you give them. Once they get your reactions to them it’s game on I’m winning, and they’ll keep going. You can not win an argument with a narcissist by arguing with them. As to them, their opinion is correct, and they’ll go whatever way they have to. So you believe them, or to bring you crashing down.

To us an argument or disagreement isn’t to win, it’s getting the point across while staying true to ourselves, we understand people have other opinions, to have a two-way conversation and at least reach an understanding if not an agreement. Narcissists do not so they will happily keep it going.

If you think you can go to a narcissist, to explain your thoughts or feelings, why you’re doing something, why what they did has hurt you or their own children, believing you can explain it to them, it’s not going to happen, they’ll either see criticism which they hate, or they’ll just not think your opinion matters as they’re always right. They believe they are superior, and no one will be able to change their mind. The narcissist has a lack of empathy towards others. So if they have hurt you or your children they don’t care, they don’t see it. They just feed off emotions. Positive or negative.

A narcissist only thinks their own way. They will never take others opinions on board as to them if it doesn’t match theirs, you are wrong. They don’t want or need to understand others. They also hate to think you feel competent within yourself. Whatever you think say or do that doesn’t match the narcissist they just believe you’re an idiot. However, they believe you should understand them.

If you do engage with a disagreement with a narcissist, they will twist everything with words “ who told you that, that not true, how stupid do you have to be, where did you come up with that stupid idea who on earth told you that, they’re an idiot, it’s not me that’s got the problem it’s you, I think you need some mental help” remember the words they use are tactics to drive you crazy and confused. To cause you self doubt. To make you feel stupid, wrong inadequate and foolish words like. How can you not remember? I told you that last week, I’m sure you’re losing your mind.”

You know full well they didn’t. All these words slowly spin around in your head, questioning yourself. Gaslighting is another favourite of theirs, to change your reality, so you question your sanity. Anything to make you feel like you are crazy and you rely on them to lead you and your thoughts.

As the narcissist will not see anyone’s opinions as valid if it doesn’t match their own, the best thing to do is leave well alone. No contact or limited contact. Get on with your life and what’s best for you. With children, sometimes you may have engaged with a disagreement with a narcissist, the best place to start is within your own mindset. You need to stay as calm and as emotionless as you can. Best offering no emotion.

Before approaching them to start with your own minds set.

Ask yourself if you really need to communicate with them, or can you leave them to it while focusing on you, ask yourself if your truth needs stating or you can just recognise your truth for you.

If you can retreat and leave them to it, if they came at you, the same, do they make sense? If not that’s on them, do you have to explain yourself? If so explain once, if you made sense don’t explain again as they will take you off-topic, retreat, rethink and only respond if you need to do so.

When you do talk to them, remember a plain calm voice with zero emotions, practice grey rock. Don’t try to convince them or persuade them. Just stick to your truth the fact and the point. Do not start defending yourself when they try to twist it around onto you, which they always do, do not get drawn into it, do not go off-topic, remember they’re just trying to maintain control any way they can. The more you try to defend yourself, the more they’ll provoke you. Do not say any emotional words to them such as ”You made me feel.” this gives them to control when they know how they made you feel they will pick those feelings apart to make us feel worse, they might have made us feel, however, we have the power to step away and no longer allow then to treat us that way. When we tell them how they hurt us, they will twist that straight back at us. It’s not our job to get them to see. It’s our job to open our eyes and see them for who they are. It’s not our change their opinions. It’s our job to change our perception of them away from the one that keeps is trapped in the hope, if we just say this, just do that, they’ll treat us right, and recognise that’s who they are, it’s our job to stay true to we are and keep to our boundaries.

One example when you have to discuss children.

Narcissist love to use children to try and keep control of you. Letting them down at the drop of a hat, changing days and times. If you’ve set up a routine for your children, stick to it. Children thrive on routine, even more so if the other parent is a narcissist. Suppose the narcissist wants to mess it around simple answers. Again message are best as everything is written with no emotion.

Stick with the facts and what’s going to happen.

“The arranged time is midday, the children will see you then.”

If the narcissist disagrees, then that’s their problem, not yours. You know you make sense you know you’re doing your best by the children. You know the narcissist doesn’t care, likes to mess things around, so it’s the narcissist problem it they don’t agree to something already agreed. Stay true to yourself.

Yes, you’ll get all the “ you’re keeping the children from me.” They often play the victim.

Stick to what you said be assertive.

Do not get drawn into this. That’s not your problem. They can get them on days times already set in the routine. If they don’t want to, that’s not your problem. It’s theirs If you’ve explained to them before why there is no room for adjustment no reason to do so again, even if this was six months ago.

Stick to facts, don’t get drawn off-topic, don’t allow them to offer a false compromise then to cause feelings of anger and resentment in you.

When they start invalidating you, putting you down, insulting you, remember most often it’s their projection, and they are in one way or another telling on themselves, know your truth, if you have to respond. ”Your opinion of me isn’t for me.” remember you define you.

When they accuse you of doing things you haven’t, feeling something you don’t, again remember you wouldn’t need to explain yourself to those who care for you if you’ve done no wrong those who love you would accuse you, narcissist accuse you of things you’ve not done to escape what they do. They provoke emotions in you, to get at you, to hurt you, to cause that doubt. No response is the best response, if you need to respond. ”what you think of me isn’t my responsibility.”

When they are twisting the story, gaslighting you, stand in your truth and give nothing if you need to respond if they’re trying to bait ” we remember things differently. ” when you know something happened and they claim it didn’t. ”I have no right to control your reality.”

When they hurt your feelings, then say. You’re too sensitive. know they are your feelings, recognise what those normal feelings are telling you if you need to respond ”I can see why you think that.” As a narcissist will only see your emotional reaction to their abuse as the problem, they don’t see their behaviour as the problem and your emotions as a symptom of their hurtful ways.

When they claim you’re stubborn or awkward, recognise what boundary if yours they’re trying to take, why they are throwing a tantrum. Stick to your truth, if by saying yes to them is saying no to you, say no to them. Recognise if it’s their projection and they are not comprising yet they expect you to. If you need to respond. ”That’s you’re perception of the situation.”

Narcissist control tactics.

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Rumination And The Narcissist.

Ruminating is continually going over a thought or a problem, like a loop within your mind.

Negative “Why is this happening to me?”

Anxious, overanalysing past situations, what they meant, what you could have said, made different, overanalysing future events that haven’t taken place yet.

Obsessive patterns of thought that seems difficult to break free from making it difficult to concentrate on other things.

Overthinking or obsessing over the negatives within life, like when you listen to a piece of music, and it loops around and around within your mind all day, appearing when you least want or expect it.

Going over the same problems without reaching an outcome, within a narcissistic relationship issues rarely get solved, and drama seems to appear whenever a narcissist is near, even when the relationship is over we can find ourselves ruminating.

Its easier letting go when it makes sense, during the relationship we are gaslighted into things not making sense, also into fear, isolated from support and not getting validated, leaving us with the thoughts of.

I could explain myself better.

What if it’s me?

Am I overreacting?

Am I too emotional?

What did I do?

If only I had.

It wasn’t that bad.

They’ve had a rough day, I should have dropped it.

It’s my anxiety.

Due to a narcissists devaluation, and invalidating our thoughts feelings and opinions we can quickly become distracted, often having sleep deprivation too, with the release of cortisol due to the stress we live when around narcissistic people, we become anxious, feeling worthless and inadequate, often then ruminating about the negatives more, becoming more anxious, unsettled, restless, struggling to sleep, becoming more depressed and finding it harder to switch off, making it easier for the narcissist to coercively Control us, with everything happening we find it easier to fawn in order to protect ourselves as we are most often drained and finding the day to day extremely challenging.

Narcissists set them the environment. They’ll happily create drama, then stand back and watch everyone else trying to fix it. They help through their gaslighting words and devaluation of who we are, withholding attention, affection and support, so we question ourselves, telling us we’re too sensitive, overreacting, overthinking, if we go to them with a problem they’ll tell us to deal with it, yet however we deal with it is often wrong. When we approach to sort financial issues or household issues, we get passive-aggressive behaviour such as silent treatments or sulks. If we push to reach an outcome, we might get the rage, leaving us with no clue what to do for the best, often living in fear of leaving and fear of staying, overthinking on what’s best to do and how best to do it, doing nothing through fear.

Once out, the narcissist’s never-ending games of hoovers and smear campaigns can leave us thinking what next? What now? This only leads to more ruminating of the past, of pain, of the negatives, cycling the patterns if sleep deprivation, anxiety, anger, emotional mood swings, confusion, feeling drained, that with our continued thoughts of.

Perhaps I’m the narcissist?

Perhaps they’re not a narcissist.

What if it’s me?

What if they change for the next person?

How did I miss the signs?

How could I be so stupid?

If only I’d set clear boundaries.

Did they ever love me?

Thinking about the good times, thinking about the bad times.

What could I have done better?

To end the cycle of ruminating, first, we have to get out of the negative situation we are in, not easy. However, that choice changes everything, and we just have to take it, we have to make it a must for our own health and sanity then take it one decision and one moment in time, safely stepping away from the narcissist and their games.

Sometimes our memories are connected to our emotions. When a memory triggers that emotion, it can pull us back into the pain of the past, connecting a new positive meaning to the pain of the past can help.

When faced with a situation with a narcissist, co-parenting, a family event or work colleague etc., try to focus on how you want the event to go and move away from the worst that could happen, when your mind thinks of the worst attempt to focus on the best.

( never to excuse or go back to a narcissist who got you ruminating in the first place.)

So a family occasion where you know a narcissist will be their provoking, focus on the people you can chat to, focus on having fun with those, if you have to speak with the narcissist, limited communication, recognising and observing they unbelievable yet now believable behaviour.

Distract yourself with whatever distraction works for you.

When you find yourself ruminating, pattern interrupt, focus on your breathing, start by breathing in and counting 1234, hold 1234 and breathing out 1234 and keep going until you feel the ruminating pass, find a memory such as a picture to look at to make you smile, or bring yourself to the present moment, focus on what you’re doing in the here and now, or something positive you’d like to create for your future.

Talking a walk, fresh air, take photos, practice mindfulness, meditation, yoga, exercise, watch or listen to something uplifting, or makes you laugh.

Start goal setting, look at things you’ve achieved in the past to give you a boost that you are capable, set small, easily attainable goals first to show yourself you can, then work towards bigger goals. Celebrating each one, goals set by you, can be as simple as smiling the next time you pass a stranger, to starting your own business, planning that house move.

Understanding your triggers to see if you can change the meaning to those triggers, you can not change what you don’t understand.

Go and do the things the narcissist stopped you from doing, this can give you a boost of freedom, call that friend, do that hobby, buy that item, walk how you want, talk how you want, live how you want.

Set your own expectations for yourself don’t try to live by others only your own, raising your standards of behaviour you will and will not accept from others, whilst lowering expectations of those people who will just never truly care for you or those around you, not to lower your expectations to allow them to disrespect you, raise those standards and boundaries that the narcissist took down, lower your expectations of their level of understanding so they no longer get to you, recognise their behaviour so they no longer drag you into their games.

Pattern interrupt.

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