You don’t have to justify to anyone the reasons you didn’t leave right away.
Falsehoods about parents always being loving and having our best interests at heart simply do not cut it when it comes to manipulative, toxic and abusive parents.
They want to exert power over someone stronger than them, because someone stronger is always a threat to their shady ways.
Narcissistic people come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes it’s hard to spot at first.
It’s important to shed light on spiritual frameworks that may hinder or impede a survivor’s journey to authentic healing and can perpetuate a larger victim-shaming discourse in society.
Do you often engage in conversations with your narcissist that leave you feeling like you were talking to a brick wall – or worse, maybe leave you feeling like banging your head against a brick wall?
The abuse cycle relies on hot and cold, mean and sweet behavior, which means nice actions after an abusive incident cannot be taken at face value, but rather as embedded in a chronic pattern of behavior.
Pathological mind games. Covert and overt put-downs. Triangulation. Gaslighting. Projection. These are the manipulative tactics survivors of malignant narcissists are unfortunately all too familiar with.
We all like to dream and plan, but the beginning of a relationship is a bad time to be planning to be together forever.