I Cannot Do This Anymore



I cannot do this anymore. You may have heard this statement from one of our kind. It is uttered with a weary resignation, a long sigh and a tired look in our eyes. The glorious countenance has vanished and been replaced with someone who looks defeated, crumpled and exhausted. The polish and shine has been dulled, the accumulative impact of what has happened now looks to have taken its toll on us and with a wave of the white flag we surrender.

But when we say “I cannot do this anymore” to what are we referring. What is the this? Straight from the off, as we utter this phrase, we have set a trap for you. Do we mean that we can no longer maintain the relationship with you, this topsy-turvy roller coaster of a ride? Have we given up on the concept of us and this is the death knell for our relationship together? You can already feel the anxiety crawling over you as you contemplate the import of this phrase. The days without us already beginning to stretch ahead of you, the multitude of questions which start to form in your mind, the whys and hows drifting through your mind, gathering momentum and troubling you. Is that what we are referring to? Can we no longer remain in a relationship with you?

Or is it perhaps something else? Is this an epiphany? Have we seen that our repeated abuses against you, through many different forms and occasions, is too much and goes against the good person you have always believed that lurks somewhere inside of us? You saw that person (or believed you did) for a long time at the outset of the relationship but he has been missing as of late. He has taken a holiday from these parts but surely it is only a holiday, because if it is this means that he will be coming back. He has gone but not forever. Perhaps this is him returned and with that moment of revelation and realisation, we have seen the truth of what we have been doing and through this we now know that we cannot continue to behave in this manner any longer. Is this what we mean when we declare the statement of “I cannot do this anymore”?

Which is it? You dread it being the former and hope that it is the latter. This might be the breakthrough that you have been seeking all these months as you have hung in there, buffeted and assailed by all of our terrible torments, but now you have come good, you have achieved your great reward. That must surely be what we mean.

You wait for us to elaborate but nothing more is said. We continue to look at you and you stare into our eyes. What do you see? Is it despair or is it hope? You cannot be sure. You are confused but you do not want to be. You want clarity and you feel an alternating sense of worry one moment and then resurgent hope the next. You wait, your expression set in expectation, urging us to flesh out this statement, to expand and to elaborate but still our silence remains. Are we gathering our thoughts before making the next great pronouncement? Is there more? Will it be a hammer blow which obliterates your hopes or that triumphant clarion call which signals that the war is at an end and peace has broken out? Is this the very thing that you have dreamed about?

You wonder whether you should press us or would that affect the outcome and bring about a volte face? You have experienced enough of those during the tumultuous experience that is your union with us. Perhaps you are better served waiting and allowing us to express ourselves, but you need to know, you want to know. You want to know if you should commence your reasoning to ensure that the relationship is at an end. If this is to be the outcome, then you need to commence your bid for its continuation without delay, not least to stem the churning anxiety which is threatening to overwhelm you. If it is an end to the abuse, the games and the mis-treatment then you want to congratulate us on breaking through that final barrier and achieving the insight you have longed for, for such an extensive period of time. You urge us with your eyes to add to the comment, to help us over the finishing line and in so doing end your own uncertainty, but there is no more. We just keep looking at you.

This is where we like to position you. Gripped by uncertainty, emotions churning through you as we milk them through you all through one comment. We can see it all in your eyes, your frozen stance, the hunched shoulders, the clenched hands, the mask of uncertainty that is strapped to your face. In turn we see the hope, the worry, the optimism and the fear flickering through your eyes and as usual we are sustained by this nourishment. Those words have provoked this reaction in your, the emotional response pouring our way, even though it is silent and immobile.

If you eventually breach this impasse and press for more details, expect to be led by the hand into the maze of ambiguity, double-meaning and obfuscation. Your questions will be half-answered. Your queries will be met with more silence, an unwavering look as we force you to try and work it out. Morsels of encouragement may be provided, like breadcrumbs along the path as we lead you deeper and deeper into the maze. You continue to fuel us as you think you are being taken towards the answers, admitted into our confidence and shown the inner sanctum of our thoughts, but no, all we are doing is taking you into the bowels of our tangled forest where you will be caught on the thorns of unanswered questions, tripped by the vines of vagueness and blocked by the twisted branches of bewilderment.

Do we mean it when we say this phrase? It is really the case that I cannot do this anymore?

Of course I can. I can keep doing this forever because as I have mentioned on many occasion this is forever. Yes, there will be times where I will disappear. Yes, there will be occasions where I am good to you again, then bad and then good. The purpose of saying this is purely to upset you. I have no intention at all at leaving you. Why would I when you give me so much wonderful negative fuel through the period of devaluation? Why would I when you provide the delicious positive fuel again when I allow a period of respite and the application of the golden period again? I am going nowhere but it does not harm to suggest to you that I might. It keeps you on your toes and ensures that I am able to exert control over you. I keep you guessing, anxious and confused and I also ensure that your fuel keeps flowing.

I also say this to make it sound like what we have is arduous and horrible. It is for you because I treat you badly but this is enjoyable. I get to do what I want, I am never wrong and you have to bear the brunt of my shocking behaviour towards you. It is a playground for me and I am not going to give that up. Never. Still, I want you always one heartbeat away from thinking that I am going to walk out on you, that you are not doing enough for me so you will try harder, you will avoid the egg shells more effectively and you will keep on trying and trying to please me. This is a great way of controlling you by threatening you with the loss of me although it is never going to happen. By a similar token, I want you a breath away from thinking that a breakthrough has been achieved, that I have seen clarity through the fog of malevolence and realise that this abusive treatment, this game-playing and inventive fabrications are at an end. You keep hoping that day is just around the corner, so you remain locked into your investment with me and you dare not give up, not now, not when redemption might be a week, a day or an hour way.

Accordingly, it you hear this, do not think that I am going to leave you. I am not. Do not think that I have realised what it is that I do and that it is wrong and must be stopped. I may well realise, but I will not stop.

I am just continuing to control you and seeking a reaction from you.

Of course, you are forbidden from ever saying these words.

32 thoughts on “I Cannot Do This Anymore

  1. Curious_Kitty says:

    How does the Greater feel if his dirty little secret does not react to this but decides to leave the relationship and goes no contact?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      He would consider it defiance and look to bring the DLS back under control but if this will not happen promptly then another will be found.

    2. If you have gone no contact, do narcissistic family members still hunt their empath sibling/child and devise methods of destruction? Or is it out of sight, out of mind?

      1. HG Tudor says:

        Depends on whether there is a Hoover Trigger and the Hoover Execution Criteria are met.

        1. You mean they are reminded of me

  2. Violet says:

    And… that’s where HG”s effort ends. Point taken.
    Rest of the world, we have a problem Houston.

  3. Violet says:

    We cannot have abusive relationships in this world. We just cannot. So what do you propose as a middle road?
    I completely understand the way you are wired, but nobody (mentally disabled or not) has the right to keep carrying this out in this world. ENOUGH of abuse.
    What you have described here, whether acceptable in your world or who give’s a fuck wherever, is not on.

  4. Fawn Rose says:

    My eyes opened today when I found you referred to yourself as the “master”. I know only one other who uses that term but had no idea why, he said it playfully in jest. Until now, I was shocked by these experiences, clueless and bewildered. When you speak, I hear him, I feel him, its the same man. Oddly, I feel peace knowing there is some explanation. I’m sad for him. Indeed he is a master, as you. But I suddenly found my self respect. Did he love me? I guess not. I’m grieving but it’s okay. I’ll be okay. No contact. I’m truly sad at whatever happens in a persons life to cause such pain to create this level of inhumanity. I wish he could heal and experience the depth of soul love he pretended to have with me. Thank you for your courage to share your life. It saved mine.

  5. DGMB says:

    Boy, do I know this one.

  6. Clara says:

    I didnt realise you had such awareness of what you were doing. I thought it was your churning emotions that pushed you from tender to nasty and back again. That i only had to learn how to soothe you.
    This is a very open explanation. Explains much that i hadnt figured out. But is it really an honest admission from you. For my benefit. Or will it be used in the future to say “well, i told you what i was like.” Pushing the blame of future hurt back on to me. Or is it really just another attempt to push me away? Because the fear of the pain of a relationship ending is greater than the fear of starting one. Are all the lies and manipulation, really what you want?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      it will indeed be used against you in the future.

  7. Lisa says:

    Yeah right. It was like this as I was planning my escape while we were living together. A very short 8 month marriage. In my head, I was gone! In his head, I believe he was trying anything to fool me into getting things back on track. “Cant do this anymore”? Yeah right! I call BS!! Im off shopping..bye.
    (Yep, I could be a bitch too, right at the end)

  8. Sarah says:

    Suicide is awful…I wish I could talk to the lady before she does that 🙁 There is never a problem that bad that requires game over.

    1. AH OH says:

      Do you know anyone who has commented suicide? It is most horrible for the ones left behind. But for the ones who did it, they are no longer in their personal hell. I know at least eight people. I was very close to a couple of them.
      I have come to terms with people who choose this. I am most bothered by young kids who do it. Adults, not so much.

      1. Sarah says:

        No, I have never known anyone who has committed suicide. I would never commit suicide for religious reasons, but I am very sorry you had a couple people close to you die that way – that must have been really hard on you and I am so sorry.

  9. It’s the fight, you want the fuel of desire, of want, of need…the fuel of I can’t be without you in my life. This does keep us on our toes… but EVERYONE should be on their toes in every relationship. We’d all work harder and maybe relationships and marriages would actually last!

  10. Cara says:

    Oh my mother says she “can’t do this anymore”…she said it about dealing with my drinking problem (I was drinking myself to death and SHE kept bitching about how she couldn’t do it [it being whatever she thought she was doing] anymore); she said it about dealing with my sister’s anger issues, having to buy my father ever-bigger sizes pants as he gained weight (HE eats himself into a heart condition and SHE can’t what, can’t look at his fatness?!)

    The general consensus of everyone else is that for all her bitching about what she can’t do anymore, she never actually does or did anything (constant bitching doesn’t count as doing anything).

  11. C says:

    Thank you, did you write them yourself? And without reading the books will it be a lon drawn out process we have been together some considerable time ..

    Ps you do have a heart in there I’m sure .. ur just very well guarded, disguarding people once they’ve served your purpose as you have no idea, interest or know how to maintain love and your certainly not going to be taken for granted .. have you ever been hurt in love apart from family members ..?? Anyone you really loved and they hurt you and you wanted to genuinely love them ?? I’m glad you’ve found your way to turn a negative into a positive helping other people and indeed getting it all off your chest .. I know not the extents of your narcissism, but would like to thank you for your help and no doubt I will comment further on your posts ..

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Yes I did. It is invariably a long process when extricating yourself from the grip and effects of your entanglement with our kind.

      I have suffered considerable hurt a long time ago, on repeated occasions, but it serves no purpose for me to revisit it on an habitual basis, I have consigned it to elsewhere and become stronger and far more effective for doing so.

      Thank you for your kind comments.

      1. Tammy Johnson says:

        So you are a narcissist? How did you know? I always thought they didn’t know that about themselves. Delusional reality.
        That’s been my experience w my ex anyway who is a narcissist. He’s good and im Always bad stuff. I dont think he knows what he’s doing its just who he is.
        How were you able to see this in yourself? Thanks. Tammy.

        1. HG Tudor says:

          It depends on the type. Lesser and Mid-Range do not know, Greater do but will not admit it for the purposes of retaining control. It was brought to my attention in my early twenties. I am intelligent enough to recognise what is described by others and how it matches the behaviour of one such as I. I am intelligent enough to have retained that knowledge through my life for my use, but for admission, in order to service my needs. My awareness has then been increased by the treatment that I ave undertaken.

      2. Na says:

        Is it not true, that with God ALL things are possible?

  12. Smoke says:

    This has happened many times in the past. I always thought he meant he was exhausted from all the lies and manipulating, etc. Never thought it was a way to control me. Of course when I figured out he will never stop. I left him.

  13. Viktoria says:

    Sound familiar to me. I told him coldly( and God knows I can be a cold bitch sometimes), you know a suicide is an option for you.
    Of course, you know what has happend next, SILENCE

  14. C says:

    What makes a narcissist?? It’s actually quite sad however when going through the torment it’s very painful .. I even think sometimes am I being the narcissist ?? Surely there is love there ??

  15. C says:

    Horrible .. so how do you draw the line .. the end of the relationship ??? Without a big emotional show and damaging children

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Do you mean how do we as narcissists end it or how do you as victims end it?

      1. C says:

        Never thought of myself as a victim .. but yeah .. when it’s good it’s good but when it’s not it’s bloody awful always having to watch yourself every single move . . And then when ur not doing anything being humiliated and cajoled into a bad atmosphere etc etc etc ..so yeah I want out and in the most peaceful not damaging way possible .. hopefully the best for everyone am I turning narcistic? We all have it a bit don’t we ?????

        1. HG Tudor says:

          Indeed C everybody has a degree of narcissism in them. If you want out, read Departure Imminent, No Contact and Exorcism, read Escape to counter the machinations and Smeared and Black Hole to prepare yourself for what will come next.

    2. kjpeissner says:

      You can’t unless you disappear without his realizing it is happening. When my ex finally realized I was divorcing him, he went into rages, threatening, kicking down our doors, etc. It was scary. we all still have nightmares, but we are away from him forever.

  16. Laureen C Manyoma says:

    If you look deep into the eyes of a narcissist you’ll see void…there is nothing.
    Waiting for a reaction is what brings life BUT it’s like a hit of heroin. The rush is but a vapor…doesn’t last long.
    So the cycle continues.
    And it’s void.
    Always void.

    1. DGMB says:

      First time you see that, not just see but SEE it, recognize it, maybe not knowing what it really is, but suddenly realizing it as not the person you thought you knew, it gives you that nauseated stomach drop. It is haunting.

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