Narcissistic abuse doesn’t happen suddenly, it’s insidious, creeping in slowly, until one day you don’t recognize yourself.
If someone doesn’t have the moral capacity to treat you with basic respect or act with integrity, it is doubtful they have changed overnight for someone else.
You never have to compete with anyone – and a healthy partner would never want anyone who they truly love and cherish to feel like they’re competing with anybody anyway.
I love myself. Truly and always, I love myself. And for the first time in a long time, I am putting myself first.
Controlling people are going to meet you at every point of your life, it is up to you to find a way out of such a situation.
A manipulator is sufficient at placing the blame on anyone else besides themselves. In fact, they’re so good at it that they’ll have you almost certain that you’re the problem.
They may romanticize the relationship and re-idealize you, taking back all their hurtful words and actions in one fell swoop (or cleverly constructed text message).
I am the truth, your karma, the revolt — I am the resistance, the pieces you tried to keep shattered, coming back together again.
Survivors have to regain the certainty that the reason they experienced such a pathological reaction was because they were so powerful in the first place.
You don’t have to justify to anyone the reasons you didn’t leave right away.