Updated: Jun 28
What is Narcissistic Abuse?
Narcissistic abuse is a form abuse that stems from narcissistic behaviors such as aggression, lack of empathy, and need for admiration.
Where the abuser seeks to control and manipulate their victim through various tactics such as gaslighting, belittling, intimidation, coercion and emotional blackmail.
Victims of narcissistic abuse often suffer from anxiety, depression, PTSD, and a range of other mental health issues. The abuse can leave them feeling powerless and unsure of themselves, leading to a cycle of self-doubt and self-sabotage.
There are several reasons why people may end up in a relationship with someone with a narcissistic personality.
One factor is that narcissists can be very charming and charismatic, making it easy for them to attract and manipulate others. They may also use love-bombing techniques to make their partner feel adored and special, which can be very alluring.
Another factor is that some people may have a history of co-dependency or low self-esteem, which can make them vulnerable to the manipulation and control tactics of a narcissistic partner.
Co-dependency is often characterized by a strong need for approval and validation from others, as well as a tendency to put the needs of others before one's own. This can make it difficult for individuals to set boundaries or recognize when they are being mistreated in a relationship.
It's important to note that it’s not your fault, anyone can end up in a relationship with a narcissist, regardless of their background or personality traits.
Narcissistic abuse can happen to anyone, and it's not always easy to recognize the signs of abuse until it's too late. That's why it's important to educate oneself about the warning signs of narcissistic abuse and to seek help if you suspect that you or someone you know may be in an abusive relationship.
Here are some common tactics that individuals with NPD may use in relationships:
1. Gaslighting: Manipulating a person's perception of reality to make them doubt their own thoughts, feelings, and memories.
2. Blame-shifting: Refusing to take responsibility for their own actions and instead shifting the blame onto their partner.
3. Projection: Accusing their partner of behavior that they themselves are guilty of.
4. Triangulation: Using a third party to create tension and competition between themselves and their partner.
5. Love-bombing: Showering their partner with affection and attention in the early stages of the relationship to create a strong emotional bond.
6. Devaluation: Suddenly and inexplicably devaluing their partner and making them feel unworthy or inadequate.
7. Withholding: Refusing to communicate or give attention to their partner as a means of control.
8. Isolation: Limiting their partner's contact with friends and family to increase their control over them.
9. Hoovering: Using manipulation and charm to draw their partner back in after a period of distance or conflict.
10. Discarding: Abandoning their partner once they are no longer useful or beneficial to them.
It's important to note that these tactics can be subtle and insidious, making it difficult for the victim to recognize them as abusive behavior.
Victims of narcissistic abuse may also experience long-term emotional and psychological effects, including low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, health symptoms and PTSD/CPTSD.
HEALING FROM NARCISSISTIC ABUSE WITH RTT
RTT is a powerful therapeutic approach that can help you heal from narcissistic abuse at the subconscious and transform your life, so you can move on and live your best life.
Here are some of the benefits of RTT:
-Identifying and releasing limiting beliefs:
During an RTT session, I will work alongside you to identify the limiting beliefs that are holding you back. These beliefs may include things like "I'm not good enough" or "Love is not available to me." Once you have identified these beliefs, we will work together to release them and heal the wounds and replace them with positive, empowering ones.
-Reconnecting with your true self:
Through RTT, you will have the opportunity to connect with your true self and identify your authentic needs and desires. This can be a powerful step in reclaiming your power and taking control of your life.
-Healing emotional wounds: RTT provides a safe and supportive environment for you to process and heal from the emotional wounds of narcissistic abuse and any unmet childhood wounds. Your therapist will work with you to release negative emotions and reframe painful memories in a way that empowers you and helps you move forward.
Healing from narcissistic abuse is a journey that requires time, effort, and self-compassion. Many victims have transformed their lives with RTT. As it helps you identify the root cause using powerful tools to help you identify, and release limiting beliefs, reconnect with your true self, and heal from the emotional wounds.
If you or someone you know is experiencing narcissistic abuse, know that healing from the narcissistic abuse is not only possible, you can have a loving relationship with someone who values you, respects you, adores you, the way you deserve and to live a life free from the abuse ever again.
Take the first step towards reclaiming your power and living a fulfilling life by booking a free strategy call today.