Escape : How to Beat the Narcissist

escape

The inside track from the dark-hearted master

Includes techniques to counter the narcissist where No Contact is not an option

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126 thoughts on “Escape : How to Beat the Narcissist”

      1. Is there any advice for having split custody of kids with a narc. I feel so lost and any reaction has me looking crazy. Days are becoming harder.

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      1. Hi Renee, thanks, yes I don’t know why you cannot click on it (same for the Australian one) but the UK and Canadian links operate. I have pasted the link but no change. It is easy enough to locate on Amazon, but thanks for letting me know.

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    1. H.G You seem to accurately hit on most of the emotions that these tactics of the NARC brought up in me. would You consider this demonstrative of your ability to empathize to some degree?

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      1. It is not empathy but the product of watching and listening to the responses of victims and filing it away for later use.

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    1. My credit score was 675 when we met and a 35 after we split while his soared up because he drained,my money for his old debt, devalued me, nice in public, evil in private, what he did he said u did and anything he did was an alterior motive to make,me look bad just incase we didn’t work out.
      This article describes to a tee what a narcissistic is , but mine stepped it up. Dated,me after the breakup, called, refuses to cancel what’s in his name utilities add o companies,wont let me get utilities in my name until he cancels, kisses me, initiates it then literally right afte Rd jumps back saying get off me what are you doing.
      Physco. The bad things,he’s done u don’t even want to say .

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      1. You can legally change your name in court and identity through the social security dept. My ex not only stole everything I had: my business, identity, and all assets he also tried to collect on a $750K life insurance policy he opened on me. Now I’m in a protected program. Go to your local YWCA for more information and keep any police and restraining orders filed and ready to present.

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      2. I know exactly what you mean..the same thing has happened to me I got away and it’s been 2 months since I talked to him or seen him but he destroyed my vehicle so now I have to walk everywhere or ask for a ride..my car can’t be fixed and it’s a class 4 felony he is charged with but he is trying to get our son now…he’s 2 but he won’t not with his record 2 felonies in 1 yr..I’m still worried and scared though..

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      3. I hear you. Mine opened credit cards in my name. He told them I made 90 000 a year and worked full time. Really I was working part time with two shifts a week and a stay at home mom the rest of the time.
        He racked them up. Police wouldn’t let me charge him because I was married to him. I was responsible for the money because they were in my name.
        He would tell my parents I wasn’t paying the bills and borrow money from them. .
        I had no idea until I left him. The whole time playing Mr. Good guy in public. He turned my friends against me.
        Insane.

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      4. Right there with ya. But I married mine and I am now supporting the kids and paying spousal support because I supported our family when he wouldn’t work.

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      5. It is truly devastating the effects and damages these types of people cause to the well being of another human being .Their whole entire life from then on is forever altered their future..their hopes and dreams.They way they view life and people and ability to trust in anything There are no words that could ever describe the impact this has on another human being. This is truely a crime against humanity.It is clearly a violation on. Every level of a persons freedom and right to quality of life And I believe this should be punishable by law to the extreme in every state.No one should have the right to basically destroy another human beings life and get away with it .Its clearly psychological abuse that not only effects the victim who has been severely victimized but it spills over onto every person the victim has in there life.Their family ,their friends ,their coworkers .Many peoples lives are effected by the severe damage of one person to another.It truely effects society as a whole.These people need to be stopped

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      6. GOD, I totally relate to everyone. Even though I have not married and had children, I have been in long term draining relationships my whole life. elieve me, I pray for
        I’ve been single and celibate since 2010. My focus fell strictly into my wellbeing and my remaining parent, my dad. THEN boom, all he did was drain me. I fell hook line and sinker for soo long – he was constantly needing me, and as the obedient empath daughter – making calls, spending money, all my attention…although he was older and I was justifying it – the damage and the drain continued in disguise for being an elderly man in need.
        The truth is, he damaged ALL the women he had known professionally and personally throughout his life; drained them all of funds from his sisters, to my mother, and to the only offspring who would remain connected. It has only been in the last year that I decided with great encouragement to disconnect completely. He was done with me when he realized I had nothing left to offer. Me, a single 50+, educated, traveled, independent woman had nothing to offer him because I was out of money. His daughter.
        For two years I have been at a job with a boss who drained, conspired and performed vindictive discrimination towards me and last week I just quit. I am left – swirling about all the effing energy I have wasted with family and bosses – I have an overhead without an income. Here I am back at square one AGAIN!
        I want to be better at id’ing their traits way before. I want to be better at enforcing healthier boundaries, since they are effing everywhere in this world. They have robbed me throughout my life from childhood to my career world.
        Today I’m doing my emotional work and increasing my faith – and believe me, I pray for guidance and protection. There must some whopping rewards out there for those of us who’ve gotten out!!!

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    2. Boy, can I relate to that! They are like a succubus that takes everything from you. I’m glad you are free. Just hang in there and remember all that he was and did to you.

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      1. To be free means to leave my kids to be tortured by him. I will never be free, and live in constant fear.

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  1. Im just starting this book but already what I read is so extremely enlightning and helpful. Besides I love the way you write….
    Its sooo painful to leave him.. And Your explanations really help to understand that I will never understand and therefor to gain back some peace… Even if the tears roll down my cheeks while reading.

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  2. I will certainly be looking for a book,,,,my narc,,,,x I will say,,,,was literly sleeping with the narc mother the whole brutal mentally & physically 10 years I spent!!!! By the grace of god I am alive!!!!!!

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  3. Omg this works. Thanks for the insight, it’s the most satisfaction ive achieved since meeting this man 12 years ago. My only question is- will he still try to Hoover after such devastating blows?

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    1. Hello Ms Kim, I am pleased you have found it effective. Yes he will try and Hoover but you can minimise this risk almost to the point of exclusion by considering what is written in No Contact and Black Hole.

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  4. I have read 2 of your books and thru have really helped. They helped me to understand what was going on with myself more than anything. I thought I was going mad. I did get onto things when I was with him I felt the pulling away from intimacy I don’t know if he knows what he is as he knows he’s screwed up. He said I was getting into his head no one had done anything like that before. I don’t know if that was lies either. In your book manipulation the silence and the blank page made my heart sink and my stomach turn. Its been nearly a year since I’ve seen him. It’s been a few months since I last contacted him as you pointed out I wanted to help him I wanted answers and to know why I had been left feeling like this. I know why now from your books. do you think he will come back ? I know he’s moved on for now sometimes I’m scared of him coming back and other times I want him to.

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    1. He will come back if you let him. You need to remain out of his sphere of influence. To understand how he may look to come back read Black Hole : The Narcissistic Hoover and No Contact. Keep reminding yourself why you need to remain away from him, just re-read these blog articles and talk to the people here as well as reading the books. Keep fuelling your knowledge and not him.

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      1. This will be my next read. Having initiated my no contact AFTER reading “No Contact: How to Beat the Narcissist”- I am off to a rocky start! The Ex Narc just left my house. I was calm and flat… recognized the attempt at gaslighting. I did say that he was not welcome. Which one of your books addresses how to regroup after the Empath fucks up and the fury is increased?

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      2. Fuel and Black Hole address what he will be after and what is likely to happen next and what can you do, alongside reading Escape.

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      3. What if you have kids with him. I have one child with mine. She’s 5 now. I left him when she was only 16 months old. We have shared custody. I literally only text him when it’s something important like for school or pickups, etc. I try to have the most minimal contact as possible. When he accuses me of things which still happens on a rare occasion over text, I try to completely ignore it and not defend myself, etc. Am I doing this right? The most limited contact I possibly can have since we have a child together.

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      4. Hi Tiffany, you are approaching it in the correct way. Keep an eye out for a forthcoming blog article called “Save the Children” you will find it of interest.

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    2. Karen, that sounds so familiar, I was told the same stuff to, even his friend told me he met his match with me, so much love bombing hooked me then discarded me numerous times !!! Thankgod I have a strong character – He’s now moved on to a woman ten years older than both of us !!! A cougar – He’s always mean I’ve tried being nice, wanting to be adult like but he ignores me, then I catch him eyeing me up whilst he’s in this new relationship !!!
      I’ve taken him back before but it’d different this time, he’s toxic both a drug and poison to my system and uses me, for his pleasure !!!! I’ve started reading up on his condition and he’s it to a T!!! I remember him telling me his exs were nuts and one tried to kill herself, I was told I’d never see the horrible side of him !!! All lies, the only thing right about them is that they are a CONTRADICTION!!!!! Words and body language never marry up !!!!
      I think to him I was merely used for my body after all each of us have a separate use were like the shopping shelve all different each with different supply !!!
      Work out what he uses you for, your know if you analysis it enough !!!
      Just feel sorry for the poor souls there with now !!!!!!!!! They haven’t a clue what’s happening or what’s going to happen !!! I know his pattern and am already expecting her to receive his toxic side very soon !!! Stay strong x

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      1. I feel sorry for the girl he is with now she seems younger than him. I pray every night that she gets rid of him. I pray for her sanity too. I don’t understand how he thought I was getting into his head though. I got on to something wasn’t right in the first week I asked him what he was hiding. He told me his ex had been abusing him he went on about gays so much I thought he was then he would say he’s shy he’s not highly sexed but none of it matched his actions. i thought i had forgotten how to kiss and it wasnt me its because he has no passion that closed mouth kiss is the worst and i tried my best and got called names. only from reading these books I know what he was doing. The silence is the worst I tore myself apart going over every look glare over the top reaction. I used to get butterflies to the point where they would hurt like my insides were twisting and turning. I know now that was a warning too. All my friends thought he was lovely coz he did nice things but in the middle of the nice things was something nasty happening the looks making me feel like I was invisible the lies. I would listen to them and think there was something wrong with me. I feel sorry for him he doesn’t know what happiness feels like he only knows what it looks like. He doesn’t know what love feels like only hoe it should look that breaks my heart. I can now see him for the gargoyle that he is. I’m teaching my daughter about these kinds of people she is more of an empathy than me and I don’t want her to lose that I just want her to have impenetrable boundaries. reading all these comments really help.

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      2. It is certainly a sensible step to forewarn your daughter given her empathic nature. She will attract our kind and I know what goes on in our mind and it seems that you are ensuring she knows too.

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      3. I left my N he’s married after 6 months . I sued him for $$$ he owes n I won good luck collecting I guess! Bought my own house make more money now than ever read 2 Tudor books have new boyfriend n I constantly think wut if I have another cuz he’s so good to me!

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      4. Yes–his first wife was used because she was the bosses daughter–so this bought him prestige. I was the good wife and great mother he needed to look normal. Plus–back before he crushed the life out of me–I looked good!! He loved that people thought I was really young–but i wasn’t–just good genetics. But now–his third big victim is 20 years younger than he is. She is being used for sex and to look cool–he is 50 and in the middle of a huge midlife crisis. They don’t care really about you at all—you just fill a need for them and that is all they care about.

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    3. Im so understanding you..mine gives me silent treatment now day 4..but mine is also having affair with one..who lives across the hall..pretened to be my friend. But they got to comfortable and she got sloppy with the lies to coverup. And he repeats things only I told her. So..I followed that gut instinct and recorded him in our apt..the tv was cranks but you clearly hear them having sex on our couch..and worse they are both pron to coccaine..heard them sniffing while doing the nasty and later heard mini vacumm going..so after listening to that disgusting recording walked over to it..empty it and white powder was still in it..she went as far to tell me what to look for sign wise..no appetite throwing up coming of high. Headaches. Sniffing alot and eyes. Headaches not sleeping. Thats him to a t..plus her..and powder on our bed sheets from his fingers. Makes me sick I love this man with all my heart..I do nothing wrong. Called me fat now im a size 2 from 9..all with 9 months. I look horrible to the point no other men looks at me. Tells me what to wear..makes fun I have ibsd and i stink. Calls me parinoid no proof..no the lies recordings i played and he got so defensive put blame on me..he said you spied on me in my home..we live together for god sakes..2014..he lost his job spent my money from house thats now gone. He pretended to be affectionate in beginning than tells me he is not like that..but things changed when he kept asking me when im going to daughters all week..come back he his affectionate calls me babe hun sweetie..and holds me at night which he really didnt do over yr ago..but Im crazy and insecure..he has 4 emails he claims he has one and dont know how to set them up..so i put in forgot password all went to his phone..then he blammed ex playing game..she dont know his number. Has 2 fb accounts he said one his ex has control..well type password reset thats how i found 4 different emails..again went to his phone..he got very very angry..plus the pair of them for 3 months have been on fb midnight till 4 am..but denied that as well..I was up had her on mine at the time..more denying..now I will be stuck with a big cable internet bill and shared cell bill we just hooked up oct 1..im on disability for ptsd anxiety and cant afford this..if I leave I will be in dept 1000 thanks to him for rogers..i even gave them a chance to fess up I will leave quietly..he likes the chase..always has..his ex said he did the same to her and others..he preys on the damaged with house or money..and who are puppets..

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      1. in more cofessions of a narcissist you said you may tell us how it ended with Karen. you could of been writing this about me. Have you revealed how it ended?

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  5. Agree with all the advice but how can you approach when you cannot sever all contact. ie you left but have a child

    The toxicity is now worse I find.

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  6. 27 years I have spent with this type … 16 with the first… 11 with the second. Think these books may enlighten me … I realized recently that these people reflect how I feel about myself… Wasn’t a pleasant awakening but truth. If I am ever going to escape this I have to heal me and love me . It is the only way IMHO. People do not let others harm what they love.

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    1. Your last sentence hit me like an avalanche. I’m a tremendous protector of my loved ones, but I have let myself get inhielated. I must learn to love myself. Wow! That sounds easy but it is not! Thanks for the epiphany!

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  7. Would love this book, but after his ass drained my entire WORLD, I can’t even think about spending a penny. Its so unfair how the innocent hard working single mothers are prey to this kind of behavior….when all we were ever ever looking for was to be lived and protected. So sad…so very very sad. 🙁

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    1. Yes you are prey to this type of behaviour because of the various traits which you have that stand out like a beacon. I appreciate you no doubt are facing financial difficulties following your entanglement but one might suggest can you afford not to read this book?

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      1. I have read that one it didn’t say how it ended with Karen. only that you may tell us as she was special

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      2. What do I do? Was with mine for 17 yrs, 4 children. We split two years ago and he’s been worse than ever and hurt me so many more times. I hate myself so much because I love him so much and am broken inside. I hate him at the same time to the point all I want to do is repeatedly hit him and cry so hard. All I do is cry I’m a mess. I have to see him every other weekend when he has the kids and that’s only just started as a regular thing, he doesn’t help me financially, I work 40hrs a week. I know he’s the worst thing for me but I can’t get over not growing old with him or why he’s done what he’s done. He still controls me, I’m the worst mum etc, I feel so worthless, lonely and tired. How do I stop loving him and start loving myself?

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      3. There is a clear route through this. I recommend you engage in a consultation so the full extent of the information can be conveyed to you.

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  8. Let me know when it’s ready, I’ve read all your other books. I spot red flags straight away now and walk away.

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  9. Can I ask… is one of your manipulation tools body language. I was on a date and everything was going really good. He was laughing joking engaging. but I felt like he was watching I was mirroring instinctively to what he was doing. then I became aware of his watching and I stopped. I realised i was copying his movements . i thought we had a good connection, he thought not. can you tell from this if someone is going to be easy to manipulate or not???

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    1. We analyse your body language for the purposes of manipulating you. I touch on this in Manipulated (oddly enough) and Sitting Target. Your mirroring of him is a sub-conscious act to show to him that you are interested. The mirroring we engage in is a deliberate act to pretend we are interested in you for the purposes of seducing you.

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  10. Let me start out by saying thank you so much! that was brilliant! Everything you’re doing is just life saving. you admit what so many of us know but can’t prove… I hate to come on here and not be able to buy your books I obviously would! However I got myself in this mess for 8 years now and just had a baby 4 months ago. He gets his fuel by withholding everything but gaining himself so .. it’s world war 3 to even ask for a couple of dollars for gas to get the baby to a dr. Appointment. He makes good money obviously. Anyways I appreciate your blogs I learn so much from and I’ve shared this to my fb page in attempt to raise more awareness and refer others to you. On a side note I’m sure I reek of codependent but I’m being honest and you know I can’t help it. Keep up the good work! 🙂

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    1. Hello Gabrielle and you are most welcome, thank you for your kind words. Yes the economic stranglehold he has you in is a repeated manipulation that we utilise. I will be writing more about that very topic in Filthy Lucre which is about a quarter completed. I appreciate it will be difficult to access the books given such a financial position, especially given they are electronic, but a number of them are now available as paperbacks which may make it easier for someone else to get you a copy to assist you.
      I would just make a correction in what you wrote Gabrielle, you didn’t get yourself in the mess, you were targeted and chosen. Of course we want you to think it is your fault and that you succumbed to this, that is how we operate, but take it from the one who knows, none of this is your fault. Thanks for reading and do continue to do so.

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  11. They are as evil as they come. And in time i will sit back and watch him go under. I have dealt with him for 20 yrs. He has been baker acted numerous times, arrested, jailed and injuctions. He was gone for 5 yrs and game back after me. His weapon this time, is a bias evil judge in Fl. I hold her respinsible for what is now being done to me and my kids. I will see her career destroyed. Never ever underestimate a narcissist. Do not trust in the family court system or attorneys. Play the game very carefully.

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  12. 20 yrs with mine sharing custody of kids. Trying to cut ties but I never can do anything right. It’s been a year I’m still a horrible mom, person, and he said he will never accept me moving on. Trying to be amicable with this kind of person is very hard nothing I do will ever be ok because I made him leave, even though he was abusive mentally physically and wouldn’t work. I’m afraid he will never allow me to be happy.

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  13. It’s so hard sharing kids when the mother is a narc. I’m the step mom raising them and playing mom ,but she portrays mom of the year on facebook and shows up at public functions like a boss and embarrasses all of us including the kids. She’s always coming at us with something. The kids hate going there but the court papers say we have to send them every other weekend. But she doesn’t show them love. She just tries to control them. She’s stolen items from our property, filed for temporary custody and won bc she lied and told the judge the kids were in danger so we had to have an emergency hearing to hurry and get them back. She has a meltdown and does something crazy every time we go out of town. She’s left letters and stuff in our mailbox. I don’t even speak to her or feed it. I don’t respond period bc if your nice she feeds off of it. If your a b*tch she really feeds off that. What do I do? So tired of the constant surprises and harassment.. 🙁

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    1. Hello Kd, you have two significant advantages. The first is you know what she is (I assume your husband does as well?) and the second is that you understand that being nice or bitchy provides her with fuel. Did you work this out yourself? How long have you not been feeding her fuel for? How does your husband deal with this behaviours? Does he adopt your stance too or not?

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      1. I stopped speaking before he did but it’s to the point now, if we have to communicate, we only send through email. If she text and it’s something that has to be responded to, we screenshot the text and attach the respond with email. I figure that way, it’s less personal. Her mother is exactly like her so we have had a hard time with her too because she’s always tried to play buddies with us and then put her daughter up to doing crap but trying to play our hero and save the day if that makes sense feeding herself on top of this. I picked up on the different personalities coming from these people and had to educate him a little be he lived in it 10 years so he was just used to all the lies and manipulation. I just started researching the personality traits. We got together in August of 2014 and lived in the same area where stalking and drive bys were convenient. We finally moved 45 minutes away to be by my family and break away around March of this year. It’s caused tremendous narcissistic injury however and she’s tried to make sure there was hell to pay.

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      2. Did my respond to yourjuly 30 1:59 pm not submit? I can’t find it lol! I had attempted to answer your questions

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  14. HG, Thank you for your writing. While I know that my last relationship was with an elite I was unsure about my ex husband, I know have so much more understanding of him due to your writing. I didn’t see his real dark side until our separation. After wasting years on these men and my last boyfriend and the ex husband trying to totally destroy me I feel I have changed a lot but really apprehensive about dipping my toe in the pond again and having another relationship in case I end up with another psychopath! I have read a lot of your work and I have a good understanding but I know that sometimes by the time you see these people for what they are you are in deep! Can you recommend the best books for me to read to be able to detect and flush out the narcissist please?

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    1. Hello Paula, thank you for your message. You clearly have learned much from your experience and naturally want to wear some armour when entering the fray once again. I would recommend that you read Red Flag, Black Flag, Mouth of a Narcissist, Sitting Target and the Devil’s Toolkit to start you off in respect of understanding what our kind want, how we go about it and how you can spot it.

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      1. I have just finished reading red flag and with my last relationship nearly every red flag was there from the very beginning, including the foreshadowing in the very early days. I actually feel like I am reading stuff that makes sense at last, Thank you

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    1. No, it is applicable to both those cadre of narcissist. Sitting Target addresses more about the differences between the two types Kathleen and look out for forthcoming books on each cadre of narcissist.

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  15. I was taken for $10,000.00 . I literally took care of him for one year. He likes educated, Intelligent , attractive women. I guess I wasn’t too intelligent though to let him have all that money. I actually saw him do his work on the internet seeking women out that he considered “classy” as he called them. I left after a year because I was tired of being blamed for everything HE was doing. I confronted him about everything and he lied about all of it. Said he had always been honest and straightforward with me and he thought that may be MY problem. LOL
    I didn’t see him for a year and started talking to him again in April. Same old things. I told him he was still a sick F _ _ _ and that was it. He doesn’t like being called “names” lol. Even though he told me i was fucked in the head and took a little bit of info ( that he fed into my head) and then ran away with it and came up with Bazaar things.
    What I want to know and it has always baffled me is why is being friends after we split so important to him? He always gets in touch and says he doesn’t like to end this way and he wants us to remain friends. Really pushes for being friends and says he is still friends with a lot of his Ex’s. That means 1. The others all got out with no looking back.
    He is not one to hoover though. Once you challenge him and continuously put the blame back on him he wont talk to me again. We went a year with only a couple words. He punishes like that. SO tell me about the “friends” thing?

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    1. Hello Monica, you were an intimate partner primary source. Now you are an ex intimate partner secondary source as an outer circle friend. You still are a decent fuel source to him. This is why he does keep coming back. He uses the friend approach to make it sound like he is being pleasant to you and that he values you. It is all a ruse. You are not in reality his friend of course, you are an appliance which supplies fuel. He backs off when you don’t provide the fuel he requires and/or wound him, but he will circle back to you because of the lure of your fuel and when you enter one of his spheres of influence.

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  16. Hello HG! I appreciate your work very much..
    I keep reading the posts but can’t find a situation like mine. The person I know as a narcissist is married, and we were never sexually involved, but found myself in this relationship like situation for the past 2 years. With the golden period, devalued, discarded and now in the Hoover stage again. We spent a lot of time together getting really close, then he moved away. He would always say that he doesn’t want me to get him out of my mind among other things. The ever presence is real, and him being married worked as a shield for him. Nonetheless, I was an excellent source of fuel, self admitted. Ha! Can you help out with what his intent might be? Since clearly Sex is not it. 😄 Thank you

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    1. Hello YAMS, thank you for your kind comment. His intent is fuel. See the book by the same name if you have not already done so. Sex is only a means to obtaining fuel. If he was gaining fuel in other ways, he evidently felt no need to engage in sex. He may also have been a Victim Narcissist as sex is less of an issue for them (this is expanded on in Sitting Target as well as Sex and the Narcissist).

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    1. They need to understand it will always be about dad. I would recommend counseling. I dont think they or anyone else dealing with a narcissist will ever be able to do enough to please one. Unless the focus is always on the narcissist . They need to feel they are the most important thing in everything.

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  17. I have been with one for 15yrs and I didn’t realize there was even a word for it. But now I’ve begun to lose my mind over his torture. I knew 10 yrs ago when we would go to bed id feel the bed shake. And I was poppin pain pills real bad back then, and id ask him what was up n he’d tell me I’m jus messed up on those pills I was delusional…and now 10yrs later it more often, and I now he’s having some kind of sex w himself. And he wont admit it and get help, he lies to me n tells me I’m delusional….he makes a big scene in front of his family so now they question my honesty. See he’s in 3stage of serosis of liver so his family baby him cuz he’s sick. They believe him that I am so high I think he’s jack in off all time. As a survivor of my father sexually,mentally,physically,verbally abusing me it cuts me to the bone that he would disrespect me so much to have me believing im the messed up one, and him get away with it is even worse..our neighbors and ppl that live around us I believe hate me cuz they think I’m intentionally trying to hurt him. Cuz he yells and airs our arguments hoping ill shut up I guess. But I want to leave this and im waiting on my social security decision and until then I am mentally breaking dwn. I think ppl are laughing at me all the time outside our trl. I’m not a paranoid person but mabe I’m having a nervous breakdown. And death will come upon me if I don’t leave this situation. I want out w sanity . Do you have anything for helpful tools to keep my sanity till I cn leave him.

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    1. If you have concerns about your health, mental or physical, see your doctor.
      In terms of tools, you should arm yourself with knowledge Kimberly and in your situation you should be aware of why is he behaving as he does, the reason behind and the manipulations he uses, how you can counter them whilst still being there and also to plan for your escape. To that end I suggest you read at least Fuel, Manipulated, Escape and Departure Imminent. Also make use of reading this blog, commenting on your situation and interacting with the other commenters here. I offer you the insight, they can offer you support from their perspectives. They are a sensible and articulate group.

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  18. My parents are both narcissists and I’ve been a narc magnet! Im now 57 and am a year out of the last relationship, long distance, thank goodness!
    I am well off, he is anything but…it was like watching a snake uncoil from a basket! Fascinating and amusing to watch…..I watched him until i grew too bored. I hope he was the last narc I choose to deal with!

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      1. That was one big reason. Plus of course he didn’t know me, he thought I was malleable and gullible. So a good source of fuel! It was quite fascinating watching the show…the grooming, the attempted manipulations etc.
        I think he is a Lesser, really quite stupid.

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  19. My 31 yr old daughter is dating a narcissist for 4 years. She has no idea & isn’t speaking to me now because I said I didn’t like him. How should I broach the subject so that she starts to look up more information?

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    1. Hello Karen. It never works if you try to tell her what to do, she will resent that. She needs to discover it for herself. Sometimes this only happens after the horror of the entanglement comes to light. It seems to me that you need to start speaking to one another first in order to then build a platform from which you can introduce your concerns. If you start trying to tell her that he is a narcissist, she will reject it as most people do not understand what it means. Instead, it is better to draw parallels between some of his behaviours so that she sees why they are being used. She may actually be puzzled as to why he does certain things and if you can shed light on that without saying he does it because he is a narcissist, but rather explain he does it to control, or to gain a reaction, she is more likely to grasp it and then you can direct her towards some material which explains it in greater depth. Focus on establishing contact again and then talk about the behaviours rather than narcissism per se.

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  20. My Boyfriends 17 year old daugter is a Narc borderline socio path, her mother is Narc and enabler of her devil daughter. My boyfriend is normal and has no clue how to deal with his daughter. Any advice on teen narcissism?

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    1. Hello Donna, the considerations apply to her as they do to any narcissist thus the material is relevant. What one has to have regard to is dealing with her in the context of the relationship between your boyfriend and her. Thus I suspect you cannot escape her and you may have difficulties in getting your boyfriend to understand what she is. However, I would recommend educating him before you try to tackle her, because if you do not do so, you risk alienating him as well. You need his understanding and support.

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  21. Since learning about the narc and empath dynamic, I have not only disengaged from family who’ve sucked me dry, but after a recent blow up with my boss, identified that she is a severe narc, and a very dangerous one. ALL the hallmark signs and the gas-lighting, the crazed feeling even when I’ve been a confident person throughout my career, the drain and fatigue, the confusion and the horrific emotion that comes up in me only triggered by her at work. I have not felt suicidal in years and I felt it after coming home from work last night – BOOM!! This led me down the rabbit hole of “wtf just happened?” It’s because of this website and all the information I have been steeped in that I’m waking up and healing!! Ironically, my friend who is a therapist ends up being versed in this subject too. She told me, “you can tell her to go fuck herself and she’ll never fire you because you are supply for her!” Which in hindsight, she’s never fired anyone!! One year, the entire staff walked out on her and left her a scathing note. Her first husband left her for another woman. So much has happened, and she just gets back in the saddle NEVER CHANGING, NEVER FEELING A THING ABOUT IT. Everybody just quits! The good news is, I have the awareness and can learn how to protect myself. Also, there’s a new owner coming on the scene at my job! BLESS you HG …. you are rocking our world of awareness. Happy fantastic new year to you and everyone on this thread.

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  22. I left a narc after 24 yrs of hell with him. I am so careful and mindful of red flags now. I have been single now for just over 5 yrs and I honestly would rather be alone then to ever deal with a narc again. I know I am still healing. I am so much happier without him…even our kids see that. Funny thing is he used to tell me I could never make it on my own…truth is he is the one who cannot make it on his own. He told our younger son he only needs a woman who makes 30-40k per yr…he must of been laughing all the way to the bank with me cause I make way more then that. I wonder if his current woman knows he told our son that…along with telling our son he will never marry her. I wonder how she would feel if she ever learns he is using her and does not love her…he just is not capable of loving anyone. I have seen him treat his own mother like dirt. I guess I should just be glad I don’t have to be his scapegoat anymore :-), and glad that our children see his true colours.

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  23. I want to purchase your book, and also read it from kindle… some way I’m connected to his kindle , it says thanks “N” (his name) shoot I deleted the whole entire app quick!.. he sees what I’m reading when I’m on kindle
    It’s crazy to me because I feel I’m being watched although we are not together(relationship)
    H.G what happens through the mind when they know you know who they are

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    1. It is only the Greater who would know that you know what he or she is (the Lesser or Mid-Ranger has no awareness and therefore would not accept that ‘you know’). The Greater use this knowledge to proceed in a more effective manner being alive to the risks posed by your awareness.

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  24. Do you find that people buying your books and making you a crap ton of money as well as feeding your ego by thanking you constantly to be a tad bit narcissistic?

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  25. I beat my narcissistic husband by not letting him back in and the. When he threatened me I got an order of protection in place for two years. I’ve blocked him on all social media and in my phone as well as his family in my phone. He was in the discard process when I threw him out but hadn’t had his next victim lined completely up yet. Before that I would daily tell him he was a narcissist and bring to light everything he did and made his last few months very uncomfortable for him. I would even bust in the bathroom so he couldn’t watch his porn in peace!! I gave him no peace constantly letting him know I knew what he was and what he was doing. His silent treatments were welcomed cause at that time I was plotting too. Life is great now and your posts and videos have helped to me understand what he was way before and because of all the information I was able to dissect the problem and get rid of it. Thank you!!!

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  26. You are hands down my favorite Narcissist on the planet and have to use Jedi Master skills to not fall madly in love with you. I don’t know if I would have made it out alive this last pitiful Discard without digesting your posts, YouTube videos, etc. I look forward to reading all your work now. Your sales skills are hands down the greatest part of you. You are like a Unicorn and my Obi One. You are the reason why one day soon, we will all elevate and kick some Awesome Ass by learning unconditional love, self respect and forgiveness. Many Blessings to you.

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