No Contact No Nos


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59 thoughts on “No Contact No Nos

  1. gr says:

    Am i a narc? Cause he would do things i didnt like, and I would later on do something too, to get even or teach a lesson, i failed. Like giving him a taste of his own medication which failed too. The more i listen to HD, i notice similar characteristics.

    Example: i blocked him on social, email, friends. BUT not on twitter with my iCloud mail. I remember once he found me on twitter, didnt add me me, maybe an account he can play with. then unblocked him to give a chance to reach out.

    Does that make me one of you?

    Do victims pick up narc habits?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      You will not be one of us. See the article Empathic Supernova to learn more.

  2. gr says:

    Am i a narc? Cause he would do things i didnt like, and I would later on do something too, to get even or teach a lesson, i failed. Like giving him a taste of his own medication which failed too. The more i listen to HD, i notice similar characteristics.

    Do victims pick up narc habits?

  3. Andrea says:

    Is a hoover less likely if one was discarded instead of escaping? And, if a Hoover is likely after being discarded, under what circumstances does it present itself?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      If we disengaged from you, unless it is of a malign nature it is highly unlikely you will be hoovered whilst we are in the golden period with a new IPPS. Thereafter, when this new IPPS is devalued, this factor (nearly a total lack of necessity to hoover you) alters within the Hoover Execution Criteria meaning – subject to the other relevant criteria and their impact on raising or lowering the hoover bar – a hoover becomes more likely. Just how likely depends on the criteria.
      Accordingly, there is always a risk of a hoover but dependent on when that Hoover Trigger occurs and what the HEC are, the extent of the risk will shift.

      1. Andrea says:

        Then my situation is unique. My narcissist withholds sex. There is lack intimacy ( zero). If he does find somebody else, there will not be intimacy, as he has a long history of issues with that. Perhaps this changes the circumstances of a future Hoover. Though he still has some of my belongings in his possession, so I supposed a Hoover is likely at some point.

  4. Perse jumped into the fire says:


    “You can’t trust a man until he’s been dead for 72 hours. Give all his secret dirt a chance to come to the surface.”

    I do like that quote.

    However it was 10 months before my Ns sh*t really started to surface. 1 year and 4 months, sh*t is still surfacing.

    I need to find the lid for the septic tank he was..

  5. Peronelle says:

    Is it possible for a narc/sociopath to hoover via their “flying monkey’s?” I feel that his people (the one’s he has brainwashed into being helpers to get info on me/provoke me) keep popping up in my life. Now i can laugh it off & talk with them in a calm cool manner so that what they relay to him will provide little to no fuel. Thanks to the meds I’m on i rarely have panic attacks or drink/drug after such interactions anymore, but i don’t understand why he still gives a fuck about keeping tabs on me or trying to influence me emotionally anymore?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Via their Lieutenants, absolutely. Those are hoovers by proxy.

      He does it because it provides fuel and you belong to him forever, in his mind.

      1. Samantha says:

        I just learned that my narc ex physically attacked his new supply in a fit of jealousy. His flying monkeys have no idea that he has a history of violence. Does this make him a Lesser?

        1. HG Tudor says:

          Physical violence is an indicator of Lesser behaviour however it, in itself, is not determinative as one would also need to know

          (a) the position of the victim in the fuel matrix
          (b) what was the nature of the physical attack – punching? kicking? slapping? throttling? with a weapons? one strike or a sustained assault?
          (c) the circumstances of the attack – how it arose, who else was there, what happened in the aftermath;
          (d) additional attributes/behaviours of the individual.

      2. Samantha says:

        He slapped and chocked the victim after an argument about her possibly cheating on him. He also tried to stop her from calling police. I find the whole thing odd because just 5 months ago he told me that the victim was an insecure woman who he’d never dated and tried to get me to take him back. I declined and was discarded. How could a cheater beat someone for cheating? His daughter was in the home when he attacked the woman and alerted authorities. The victim lives with the narc, so I’m assuming she’s IPPS -she’s been with him off and on for a year (he discarded the IPPS briefly and took up with a hooker while also trying to get me back). I was his longest relationship. He’s been charged with the crime of assault and is likely going to jail. He has a history of rage and domestic violence with women and criminal convictions for the crimes. He never actually hit me though, he broke things, threw things near me, drove fast, threatened me, punched holes in walls, etc. I think this is the first woman he actually hit. He’s very insecure about his manhood but extremely professionally successful. Both me and the IPPS are about 20 years younger than him. He says the IPPS provoked the assault. He also destroyed the room during the attack. I know all this because of his daughter, who reached out to me.

        1. Jasmine says:

          He was probably lying to you about her. Before I had my no contact down tight, I watched his fb page. He lied about me daily. Everything HE had done (plus more), he outright lied and said I did those things. Can’t trust them a lick

      3. Samantha says:

        Jasmine, I know you’re right. I read the police report and visited the victim’s fb page. Looks like her “insecurity” stems from his abuse of her and his cheating on her. I’m shocked that her golden period was so short. He was on his best behavior with my for the first two or three years. In fact, I discarded him because I discovered he’d lied to get me to date him. He did everything I asked to get me back and I didn’t see the temper until year 3. The new IPPS has been significantly abused just one year in. She’s taunting him using facebook now that he legally can’t contact her due to his assault charges from attacking her. I admire that she’s sticking it to him but I wonder if he’s harsher to her because of that and hope she understands the danger she’s in. I’m more a super empath, my style of handling him is different. I never chase or taunt and I’d definitely never use fb to passively aggressively engage with him.

        1. Jasmine says:

          Speaking as an IPPS involved in a similar legal position… perhaps she does know she’s in danger, but doesn’t realize what he is or what to do? when i first escaped, i was “running blindly”. It took me 3 solid months of research to end up here, (round the clock) and I still feel like I’m floundering. There’s a ton of great places, groups, videos, books, etc. Maybe reach out and steer her in the right direction? Or send her one of HG’s books anonymously if you aren’t comfortable getting involved..Just a thought.

      4. Samantha says:

        HG, based on the details below does he sound like a Lesser? How do Lessers respond to being exposed?

        1. HG Tudor says:

          Hello Samantha, based on the information provided he is highly likely to be a Lesser Narcissist. As ever, I prefer to have more information to enable me to provide a detailed assessment, but the repeated acts of physical violence, poor control of ignited fury and property damage are strong lesser indicators.

          An exposed Lesser erupts in fury and will lash out at the exposer if that person is to hand or the narcissist will find and confront the exposer if that is not too difficult to do. The exposer is very much at risk of a physical attack.

      5. Samantha says:

        Jasmine, I’m hesitant to reach out to the latest victim because I think she’d just use my words to throw more daggers at him and I don’t want to be involved. She would also probably be livid to know I’ve been hoovered so recently.

  6. Samantha says:

    Hi HG,

    I’m confused about the hovering. My ex fiance and I broke up almost 3 years ago. He did the IGH after 1 year of NC and I accepted his apology but didn’t return any contact after the one call. He kept calling and 8 months later I foolishly returned his contact. He was apologetic and telling me no one he’d met was like me, he told me there were a lot of potentials (his harem, I’m sure) and that he’d had one serious relationship since me but she dumped him. He wanted me to know he was single and willing to relocate to be with me again. I’m significantly younger than him and I was his longest relationship at almost 10 years.

    I told him that I was interested in someone else and not interested in ever being with him again. He suddenly told me that he had a new gf (who happened to be a criminal) and did a savage strike discard. He made sure I saw it on facebook. I like to think I’m safe from another hoover but I know his other supply is now burning out and I’m worried he’ll be back. I met him when I was extremely young and the abuse is something I’m just coming to terms with. He was my first everything and I had no clue what he was because he wooed me majorly for many years, in between great emotional blows, but his temper left me with PTSD.

    He would die if his network knew he dated a criminal and prostitute, he has a white collar job. If I exposed him, would he permanently go away?

  7. Wanda Lee says:

    I’d never doubt that this has happened to many, many people. BUT, I honestly feel that my case is different. We said such horrible things to each other before this last contact. We had not been in touch for going on four months. I contacted him to apologise for the terrible things I said to him. I felt it was necessary in order to try to put things to rights. I’ve never been able to NOT apologize for things I’ve done or said to people that were very, very ugly; or hurt them in any way. I felt it necessary in order for me to be able to live with myself and move on in peace. He apologized to me as well, as he’d said some ugly, hurtful things to me as well. He hadn’t apologized to me for any reason for over a year; no matter what the circumstances were. He said he was too ashamed and embarrassed to approach me even though he’d thought about doing it numerous times. We wished each other well, and I feel deep within my soul that this was the very last time we’d ever have contact with each other. His apology got me thinking that maybe he’s really not a Narc afterall. The last time he approached me before the grand finale, he bragged about his new conquest and said all the customery ugly, mean things that go along with this announcement; about my faults, etc. So I imagine he’s moved on for good. These things lead me to believe he’s gone for good. All of the other traits of him displaying Narc behaviors, suddenly seem irrational to me; leaving me to wonder if I haven’t had him pegged wrong all along.
    I hold no ill will towards him, whatsoever. But I feel confident and at peace: that he’s definitely gone for good.
    I mean, what real Narc ever presents himself in such a manner? Could I have really mislabeled him as being a Narc?
    If I may be wrong about him resurfacing; would someone who has had no contact for this long a span of time and then a “reconciliation” of sorts; have the Narc to appear again, please help me to get my thinking straight?
    I’m extremely confident that our association is over and done…

  8. Rebecca says:

    HG, does the NARC hoover via a Fake profile? How can you tell?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Yes. If the profile is one which you do not recognise then it is highly likely it is a device of the narcissist as someone normal would not do so.

      1. honestyrocks777 says:

        Gosh. I must not be normal… I did that when he broke up the first time. Left me at the bbq with his friend while he went with his other friends.. I didnt understand and we talked about how he was challenged when his friend said “you’re in trouble now” I left. He broke up. And I had a profile on fb that I messaged him with making him think it wa as my friend and how he missed out and lost a good person.

        I did confess a month later. I actually had profiles so that I could create discussion on fb from seemingly different people to have all sorts of opinions and perceptions.

        Thoughts anyone? I dont have them anymore because I felt guilty

        HG? Wth is my deal.

  9. Agnes says:

    Dear HG, why does my narc who suddenly dis-engaged with me 3 months ago telling me that I have disappointed him and made him feel worthless still keeps tabs on me despite I dont contact him and now he writes me that he really likes me as a friend and hates himself for hurting me? So many mixed messages. One day I am the one to blame, the other day he says he likes me and wants me as a friend and feels sorry because of pain he caused. Cant understand? Besides Im moving on and he doesnt see me hurting.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      That is a hoover and he is seeking fuel. He may be looking to establish the Formal Relationship with you again. There has been a Hoover Trigger and the Hoover Execution Criteria was met, so he hoovered you and it was reached you (so you need to look at your no contact regime again). His comment about being a friend and hating himself are just part of the hoover and are manipulation designed to make you think he is a better person and capable of contrition – those are lies and you should not be taken in by them.

      1. Agnes says:

        This is interesting because I interpreted his words as “well I didnt truly love you, you didnt match my standards, but I like you as a friend and thats why I contact you from time to time, please dont hate me for stringing you along”. If he was “normal” I would think these words mean that he feels guilty and doesnt want me to see him as a jerk. But because he is a narc I thought he seeks for some negative fuel thinking that by telling me that I am just a friend for him and that he is sorry, he will hurt my ego and I will lash out. The other option: playing my mind to show me that he is normal, empathetic person because he is afraid I will tell other people who he is.

  10. Jackie says:

    Hg can you please write a post about passive hoovers? I feel like many of us have been hoovered and we don’t even realize it was a hoover because it wasn’t direct. I know my mid range ex is all about passive hoovers.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      I certainly shall do so.

      1. honestyrocks777 says:

        Is there a passive hoover post?

        1. HG Tudor says:

          In amongst commentary about hoovers, there is not one on its own.

  11. Medusa says:

    Infinite thanks Hg … you do not know how much you have helped me, in my worst moments, in my overwhelming solitude your writings have been a guide in my darkness.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      You are welcome, I appreciate your letting me know just how much use my work has proven to you.

  12. Medusa says:

    HG, I have a question … does the narcissist obsess with us because there is no contact? My ex always told me that it had never happened to him that a woman stopped talking to him, he brags about getting the woman he wants when he wants, when I have implemented non-contact he seems to become obsessive and crazy, even having many IPSS and DSIPSS, I’ve been holding messages for days ranging from love to devaluation …

    1. HG Tudor says:

      If you have escaped and the narcissist is incessantly hoovering you, this is part of the Initial Grand Hoover where considerable attempts are made to ensnare you again. This will of course appear obsessive.
      If you are the IPPS and you impose no contact, you are escaping him and therefore his response which you describe as obsessive and crazy is part of the IGH.

  13. Insatiable Learner says:

    HG, could you please help me understand something? So you state your kind hoovers victims because we are your fueling appliances. Because narcs do not attach to anyone and any appliance is interchangeable, why do you need an old appliance if you can just get new ones? An example, I may get attention and admiration from other men but because I love and am attached to the narc, I don’t care about the attention from other men. I only really value and want the attention from the narc. If I was not attached to him, I would just take the attention from someone else and forget about the narc. I hope I am making myself understood.

    1. Misti says:

      I understand this..HG is the reason why a narc still keeps in contact with old appliances just because of fuel? Just getting a little here and there? I understand what she is saying.. when I care for someone I only wanted them.. I didn’t need or really care to not talk to my exes consistently.

      I didn’t have exes that I say hi to an occasion because they are my friends and we are adults. But that’s it.

      Why does the narc want to keep commu ication goj g so much? Is it the exes being black and white and on and off the shelf? And little aspects of fuel.

      I read an article I think about this at one point.

      1. HG Tudor says:

        All appliances are owned by us. Whether we interact with them depends on whether there is a Hoover Trigger and if the Hoover execution Criteria are met. The need for control results in a greater likelihood of interaction. This is absent with regard to interactions between non-narcissists, because they are not driven by control. A non-narcissist couple that splits up moves on and if they happened to bump into one another three years later they are civil and say hello and that is it. They are not compelled to keep in touch, they do not try and find one another, they move on because they do not need control and their emotional empathy for the other means they respect that person has a life away and outside of what occurred in the past.

  14. Kiki says:

    Good article HG as usual

    If the IPSS or IPPS has lost her or his charm, beauty, status because of ageing and other reasons, will Narc still hoover her/him after many years? These Sources have nothing materialistic or esthetic to give to the Narc after some years. They may share kids or friends With the Narc still. I got the impression that narcs are picky about appearances of their sources and people they connect to and with.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Subject to the Hoover Trigger and the Hoover Execution Criteria, yes, because

      1. That person still has the capacity to provide fuel, character traits and residual benefits; and
      2. It may be a malign hoover seeking negative fuel.

      1. Kiki says:

        There is a risk of hoover from Narc1 because at present he has a wife and a baby, thus he is busy With them. As we have kids together, thus i have very little contact.
        But the other Narc2 has a long line of secondary Sources. He has gone back to his ex now, With whom he has kids together.. He is very secretive and never tells anything about his past. His facebook was almost dorment to me when suddenly i saw a photo With his New flame. When i confronted he did not reply at all. He deleted the photo and i thought it must be an old one. When i read your article about facebook, then i realised that he must have been active all the time even though he has not changed his profil photo for 2 years. he won’t let me be his friend on facebook either as he said that he don’t use facebook very much. What come as a shock for me was that he suddenly went back to his wife while being charming to me all the time and future faking. His ex wife might have been singel for last some years. Thus she gave up on him.
        Thus i feel that he would never hoover because as him and his ex wife are 50 now. Others are having difficulties in finding partners in this age. If not he, she will compromise.

        1. Jasmine says:

          They lie. All the time. Even when it’s unnecessary.

          1. MLA - Clarece says:

            My best friend has a line she learned from her former mother-in-law who had been married five times, which was:
            “You can’t trust a man until he’s been dead for 72 hours. Give all his secret dirt a chance to come to the surface.”

  15. F says:

    If an ex reaches out to you 14 years after the breakup, in the midst of their marital trouble…does that automatically make then a narcissist?

    1. HG Tudor says:


  16. Jasmine says:

    The ex has vowed this very thing.

  17. Mara says:

    Thank you for this.
    Yes, it’s hard to believe he will hoover after that last “savage strike” and because he is busy with his new and shiny appliance – – and I was only a NISS (although the level of interaction during the golden period was intense and daily).
    But yes, you may be right as you’ve mentioned it can happen to NISSs as well. These people are incredible.

    As far as I’m concerned, I will not communicate with him for as long as I live.

  18. Cordelia says:

    This is one of the most important articles you’ve written, HG, and I think any abuse survivor needs to read this post to understand why it’s so vital to GOSO, and put up any and every roadblock possible between one’s self and the narc.

    My first narc hoovered me after four years of no contact. I had moved 900 miles away, but he found me. With narc #2, I was fortunate to have discovered HG’s teachings. Post-escape I asked my company to move me to a part of the building that required keycard access, which I know my narc doesn’t have. Anything to raise the hoover bar just a little bit! It’s been enough to get me through the HVH battle completely. He hasn’t hoovered me yet, but I know it’s coming.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Thank you.

  19. dgffreedom says:

    If he does attempt a hoover, again, he will be met with only two things from me. No reaction of ANY kind, and a fine view of my backside as I walk away from him without uttering a single word.

  20. despair2deliverance says:

    HG, I really enjoy reading your posts, but they often make you–an admitted narcissist, right?–sound very calculating, which is more than simply predictable. My lengthy experience (21 years) with a narcissist taught me that she was more reactionary than calculating. She merely “reacted” based on the programming (i.e., the developmental injuries) she’d received from her parent(s) during childhood. So, not a chess player. Have you written about this at all, and can you point me in the direction of an article, if so? Thank you.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      I distinguish between

      Lesser – instinctive reactions
      Mid-Range – instinctive reactions with some calculation for Upper Mid Range
      Greater – some instinctive reactions and considerable calculation

      The instinctive reactions (and their different ways of manifesting) for Lesser and Mid Range appear in many different articles on the blog.

  21. Melissa says:

    Excellent advice…… Thanks*

    1. HG Tudor says:

      You are welcome.

  22. Gareth says:

    Hi, what is the purpose of the Hoover where we show ourself but still remain silent. I know you have wrote about this in the past but I can’t find it. In my case it was via Facebook but I know it is done in other ways.


    1. HG Tudor says:

      Could you be clearer in respect of your question please?

      1. Gareth says:

        Oh sorry. Why does the ex unblock on Facebook so clearly showing herself but still remains silent. I know this is a type of Hoover but what is the purpose of it. I know you’ve written about this before but I can’t find it. All her posts are private to friends only so I’m not having new supply thrown at me which is what I thought it might be


        1. HG Tudor says:

          Thank you for clarifying. This is a passive hoover. It is designed to cause you to contact the narcissist and is done

          1. In some instances because the narcissist is concerned about being wounded, so uses this passive hoover so that if it causes you to make contact, the narcissist becomes less concerned about being wounded through rejection;
          2. It may be part of a Relationship Bulletin designed to provoke you and upset you, possibly causing you to contact the narcissist and provide fuel or at the very least enable the narcissist to gain Thought Fuel based on your perceived response to seeing it;
          3. It may foreshadow a more direct hoover as the conduits between you are being opened up again.

      2. Gareth says:

        Thank you so much for the explanation. Your website has been a great help to me over the last 7 months or so.

        1. HG Tudor says:

          I am pleased to read that.

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