Achieving NoFuC


Achieving NoFuC is the way to force the narcissist to leave you alone.

If you are being pestered by someone trying to seduce you who you have no interest in.

If you are being badly treated by someone who is bullying you.

If you are being repeatedly harassed by someone you were once in a relationship with.

If you are being smothered by someone who seems pleasant but is behaving over the top at the outset of your involvement with them.

If he or she just will not leave you alone.

You are in all likelihood being hoovered by a narcissist, whether it is in seduction or whether it is devaluing behaviour. Whether it is at the outset of the relationship, during the relationship or after the relationship such behaviour where this person will not leave you alone exhibits the behaviour of the narcissist.

To deal with them, you need to achieve NoFuC. 

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73 thoughts on “Achieving NoFuC

  1. GR says:





    1. HG Tudor says:

      You are welcome.

    2. Lori says:

      Run run run as fast as you can the only way can converse is if you have some level of emotional detachment.

      I am not completely detached and spoke with him twice in 6 weeks and both times it’s left me feeling shitty but my curiosity has had me wanting to test HGs information but even doing it from a detached place will mess you up

  2. Perse jumped into the fire says:


    I thought you were pretty funny, but, yeah, if doing what makes sense doesn’t work with a narcissist, why not try superstition? Others have been doing it for millennia, must be something to it. LOL

    As for the “knocking on wood” You are not going to want to get close enough to your N’s head for the rapping on it to be effective enough for the superstition to work. His gaining fuel negates the knock on his noggin.

    You’ll have to pardon me, I’m tired and in a good mood.

    On the not recalling devaluation, maybe you haven’t noticed it in context of the push/pull. Arguing and making up constantly puts you off balance. If arguments are started as verbal attacks or become verbal attacks/abuse I think that is devaluation. The make up is distraction so you try to forgive and forget, as a lot of us have been taught. Incidents fade in memory, but sometimes are triggered to return.
    Sometimes you don’t remember specifics, because “It’s just another dumb argument” according to family of origin dynamics.

    Now back to protection spells:

    If your N’s name gets said 3 times, or you accidentally speak or think of them, you first stand straight with arms at side. Say your power word while moving your arms slowly about you, make the shape of a sphere, then add the phrase ” No contact. My force field will now be applied and unyielding”. Let me know if it works!

    1. Caroline says:

      Thanks, Perse. I think the biggest reason why he is unrelenting now is because he figures I’m just being my usual “spirited” (or “difficult,” depending on his aggravation level) self. He’s used to this quality about me, so it’ll probably take more time for him to really get that I’m not playing around.

      Sorry about the rather confusing “rut roh” comment I left, if you even saw it. It had nothing to do with you. I just realized that I can be rather dismissive/wounding of the upper echelon narcissists… something I’m unaware of sometimes, like it’s instinctive… and sometimes it’s because they bring out a bratty/defiant side of me. In any case, I realized I can even do it on the blog. So at least I’m aware of it.

      Anyway, thanks much for taking the time for me. I really appreciate it, and hey, if something works or empowers, I’m for it. 🙂

      I’m not in a great mood either… I’ve had a killer sinus pressure headache for three days, and I have to travel this week.

      1. Caroline,

        Ow, I hope your sinus pressure headache clears up. Traveling when your sick is the pitts!


        1. Caroline says:

          Thanks, doll.

  3. Caroline says:

    Rut Roh…

    I just realized something. No need to answer my questions to you (above), Perse.


  4. Jasmine says:

    My IGH was intense. 3 months of malign and benign. Push me, pull me, as I fought to get myself together. No Contact now fully in place… things are all quiet on the home front! YAY, for now

    1. Jasmine says:

      Damn. Spoke too soon. Hoover attempt by proxy..

      1. Caroline says:

        Thwarted, Jasmine?

      2. Oh no! You jinxed yourself! My friends and I call my narc Beetlejuice… any time someone says his name three times, he hoovers…. damnedest thing. I’m in the throes of malign hoovers right now and I just don’t get it. Hope you survived yours and can keep your NC relatively in tact. I’m holding on by my fingertips today.

        1. Caroline says:

          “Shark-and-Grace”…I know, right?

          I feel rather ill at ease… every single time I have stated something positive in my efforts to get my narcissist off my tail, something less-than-good occurs. And now, with Jasmine.:-(

          (I’m pleased to report all is, pretty much, a screwy mess for me right now).

      3. Kimi says:


        How’d you do? How are you feeling?😬😃

    2. Caroline says:

      I’m starting to think that when we say something positive about out situation with out narcissists, we should immediately:
      -knock on wood
      -sprinkle salt over our shoulder
      -wear a garlic necklace

      Ok…let’s just go with those first two…because we are feminine, pretty, powdery-fresh creatures…so that garlic thing just isn’t right.

      1. Jasmine says:

        Yeah.. ew on the garlic 😜 I prefer tossing sparkles and clicking my heels 3xs.
        ::fairy dust, fairy dust::

        Hoover was twarted. The most he’ll get out of me is thought fuel. I just wish I could stay out of that 6th sphere!

        It’s more aggravating than anything kimi. He can’t contact me directly without incurring legal problems for himself, and I’m staying far away.

        Sorry to hear you’re having a bad time of it Snark&Grace. Malign Hoovers are wretched. *HUGS for you. 💞 XOXO

        Can’t escape them.. even if we isolate ourselves. UGH. Why HG?? WHY do you torture us so?

        1. HG Tudor says:

          Because it is necessary for out existence.

        2. Caroline says:

          You’re doing all the right things, Jasmine. Great job.

      2. Perse jumped into the fire says:

        Oh, those superstitious protection spells! LOL!

        I always wondered if they work?

        Not to laugh at you, but my narc always said he was NOT superstitious, but if salt was spilled, he INSISTED the spillee pinch up some of the salt and throw it over their left shoulder. I don’t know why this caused him to act so, if he was not superstitious. He actually put his arm around me so I could not get away, grabbed my hand and forced to the salt on the tabletop, yelling at me that I HAD BETTER PICK UP SOME OF THAT SALT AND THROW IT OVER MY LEFT SHOULDER RIGHT NOW OR SOMETHING BAD WILL HAPPEN TO ME!!!

        So I did. But he was still there, so throwing salt doesn’t work.

        Just want to let you know…. 😉

        1. Caroline says:

          Hey, Perse~I was mainly trying to make Jasmine laugh, but I guess I am a bit superstitious, because I do the “knock on wood” thing sometimes. But yeah…hasn’t worked on my narcissist either — he’s not given up yet. (And he thinks *I’m* stubborn? Yeah, ok…whatever).

          I was just thinking about something, and I wondered if you’d have an opinion. Do you think it’s odd that I can’t define/recall devaluation periods (like I’ve read on here) when I dated the narcissist (steadily) for 3 years? Do you think it’s possible for the turbulence of the push/pull of arguments + making up (cycling continually, for the last year with him) can be a substitute for devaluation? Can it be its own sort of devaluation?

  5. Frida says:

    Dear HG, What about the hoovering of escapee secondary sources – is there an end date to the hoovering, particularly when there is plenty of other fuel? I do NoFuC really well, but I do question the wisdom of this in the workplace. I also think it has created this ‘thing’ between us ( I’m a challenge) & wonder if low contact + politeness would have killed it. Have you written anything on working with the narcissist? There are loads of bodies there too! Thankyou.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      No, there is no end but likelihood is governed by Hoover Triggers and the Hoover Execution criteria being met.

  6. DUTG says:

    I’d dealt with narc abuse by being married to one. Did all the proper recovery work. Life was good. What has landed me here – a gift from the universe perhaps – was reconnecting via social media with someone I met in a chatroom years ago when the Internet was fairly new and people actually used their real full names. I found my old flirty chatroom friend on Facebook and, not knowing his relationship status, (if it had said married or in a relationship, I would not have initiated contact) sent a non-flirty message saying I’d hoped the years (over 15) had been good to him. Not being particularly ‘social media’ tech savvy, I didn’t realize Facebook messages from non-friends didn’t appear in your main ‘inbox’. So, it was a few weeks later when I discovered multiple messages from him inquiring why I had reached out but now couldn’t be bothered with a reply.

    Someday I’ll tell my pathetic ‘love’ story, either as a letter to the narc or to HG by way of consultation or both. After reading here post mortem, I feel so stupid for falling for it all, both times. But I also feel I should have known better the second time, because of ex husband. I just feel the advancement of social media added a new layer of intricacy. I’m choosing to embrace this latest narc encounter as a beacon which led me to this place and further fortifications.

    Thank you HG for spending your valuable time educating us.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      You are welcome.

  7. Isabella says:

    Hi HG! I was wondering if you had an idea of what could happen next? My narc recently called (hoovered)and apologize about how he treated me in the past and he said that when we worked together, he said he always said to our coworkers how I was a good worker.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      I would need more information about the scenario and therefore a consultation is the appropriate forum.

      1. Isabella says:

        Thanks for responding! I was getting a little worried that I would not hear from you. I would love a consultation in the near future. Thanks so much HG

        1. HG Tudor says:

          You are welcome.

  8. Bubbles🍾 says:

    Dear Mr Tudor,
    Moral of your article … beware the “bearer of gifts”, compliments and attention ! Run rabbit run 🐰😱 I think my low heel homey peds got stuck in the grate when I attempted to run, I tripped and couldn’t get up from too many cups of tea n biccies resulting in weak knees n wrists or just being a tad too rounded 😂
    Valentines Day is approaching and a “just off the press” recent survey was done on morning tv. One question they asked females was “what are you giving your valentine “and the majority answered “they are the gift”

    1. HG Tudor says:

      How do you read that response?

      1. Bubbles🍾 says:

        That they are narcissistic 🤔… Greaters ?
        or is this a trick question 😂
        See, now I’m doubting myself … it said the majority, does that mean all those who took part are narcs or have healthy narc qualities or women who have seized the power or they can’t afford pressies? Do narcs even bother to do these surveys?
        I should always go with my initial gut response, final answer ….
        Lock in … female narcissists , please Mr Tudor

      2. DUTG says:

        Somehow I feel ‘Girl Power’ is not the appropriate response….

  9. Louise says:

    Is it normal to go back and forth between he is not a full blown narcissist to deciding he definitely is? Have any others experienced that confusion of not being sure? I experienced the golden period for over 6 months, I was not devalued as such, alothough i did experience the rage. We broke up and got back together more than 4 times after the 6 month period and each time I truly believed it was all my fault! It’s only when he came back to punish me 6 months after the official last breakup that I began reading about narcissism. I have a feeling he will be back because he was obsessed with me but for now we have blocked each other and I know he has no new IPPS (although I suspect this may be currently his mother) but I do believe there are many others that have experienced the same treatment from him and I have a strong feeling he is speaking to or even meeting other women, he has not made anything public though?

  10. Catherine says:

    HG, I’m thinking about boundaries. I realise that you don’t acknowledge any boundaries in a narcissistic relationship; that we’re just an extension of yourself which implies that we’re dehumanised and seen as appliances because you can’t/won’t accept us as human beings with our own right to thoughts and feelings separate from you; and I also realise that this stems from a lack of empathy and conscience. But you are aware; you know that your reality is not our reality, and if the whole world around you is then seen as “peopled” with appliances then you are in effect the only “real” person around or are there people you do recognise boundaries with more than others without it being part of a power play? Do you ever see anyone’s boundaries?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      I do not see many boundaries, I see some and I ignore them unless it serves a purpose to pay lip service to them.

  11. Tizzzi says:

    So, 2 questions for you hg: Malign hoover. If i cry and you, “win”, do you leave? After you “punish are you ok?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      It depends on the school of narcissist, the composition of the fuel matrix, the fuel level and the relevant circumstances.
      For example, a Mid Range Narcissist issues a malign hoover in order to extract fuel and assert his superiority. The victim gets upset, apologises and accepts what they said was untrue. The MRN has acquired fuel, feels superiority has been asserted and therefore ceases the malign hoover.
      A Greater wants more fuel and therefore whilst superiority has been asserted from the tears and apologies, he continues the malign hoover to punish and gain more fuel.

  12. BurntKrispyKeen says:

    I am reading Fuel right now and this article is a nice compliment to that. So far, the book has been excellent. I get a kick out of the various ways you explain this relative material.

    I was surprised to find that you even created a mathematical equation, of sorts. As if the narcissist doesn’t take up enough of the ole grey matter, now I find myself crunching numbers for him!

    But I must say, your point system is clever and cute… as it does help to better understand the potency of fuel. So I’m feeling informed and entertained. That’s almost as good as Hoover Fuel.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Jolly good.

      1. Caroline says:

        It’s cute when a Brit says “Jolly good,”… but is just *wrong* when an American does.

        (“Not that I’m American,” says trenchcoat-wearing Caroline, her sunglasses firmly in place).

        1. blackunicorn123 says:

          Blimey, I’m surprised HG allowed his name and “cute” in the same sentence! 😂

          1. HG Tudor says:

            Well spotted, I did sneer as I read it but I resisted writing a comment at the time.

          2. blackunicorn123 says:

            The restraint of a Greater, right there 😉

          3. HG Tudor says:


          4. Caroline says:

            Oh right, the narcissism thing… by it being “cute,” I meant, uh…insidious yet alarming. There. Fixed it. lol.

          5. Caroline says:

            Oh, and BlackUnicorn…I really love “Blimey”!

            I’m going to find a way to get that into a conversation tomorrow, even if people look at me oddly…

            “Oh, Blimey! Rain again?”

            “Blimey! I’m late for another meeting.”

            (Did I use it correctly?)

          6. blackunicorn123 says:

            Hi Caroline, sorry for the late reply, I’ve been away. I’m now sat down with my cup of tea 😉, and can confirm the correct usage of the exclamation, “blimey!” 😉😂

      2. BurntKrispyKeen says:

        Oh no… sometimes I find myself saying it out loud when reading Metro while sitting on the loo. But I won’t dare touch toilet paper from that side of the pond.

      3. BurntKrispyKeen says:

        Just to clarify: I hope I didn’t offend any European toilet paper manufacturers. I’m sure it’s a fine product. I was only referring to HG’s admission of his paper tainting abilities. Botulism, I believe it was?

        I was referring to “jolly good.” But I must confess that I really don’t say it, nor have I ever read Metro… even if it is full of salacious, interesting gossip.
        (And if it’s a reputable paper, apologies again!)

        But when I also used the word cute, I don’t have a good save there Caroline. I meant it as adorable, endearing, sweet. Maybe HG needs a kitten or something to soften him up a bit. Awww.

        1. HG Tudor says:

          No I don’t.

          1. Caroline says:

            Oh, so that adorable Norwegian Forest kitten I sent you won’t be cuddled nightly?

            Oh, please…on all things sacred in the universe, do not put a curse on me, HG.

      4. BurntKrispyKeen says:

        And by kitten, I meant a baby cat… feline… no Freudian slip there.

        Jeez. I must really be an empath… an over-explaining one. Sooo, before I make things worse, I think I’ll just hope off of here and go hug a tree or something.

      5. BurntKrispyKeen says:

        Yeah, even my phone knows I can’t shake the hope thing. I give up.

        Thank you for your time today.
        I’ll be outside.

      6. Catherine says:

        Ha ha.. I called mine cute when I saw his photo on the dating site where we met. It almost cost me the whole relationship; he was SO insulted by it, stating angrily that he’s a man and not a puppy. Now I’m kind of sorry it actually didn’t get rid of him; it would’ve spared me lots of pain. And no, sorry to say, but you’re most definitely not a man. A real man doesn’t emotionally or physically abuse the woman he proclaims he loves; a real man doesn’t treat her like his property and a real man doesn’t mistake control for love. He’s a loser; and not even that cute anymore;)

        1. Caroline says:

          Hi, Miss Catherine!

          My narcissist (I hate saying “my,” as I don’t actually claim him, lol) didn’t mind any of my “cute” references… hmm… interesting.

          And yes — your narcissist IS a loser. He was mean to you. He, therefore, sucks. And just look at your pretty hair — what a special beast he was to not appreciate all your beauty, inside and out… they do lose out, and it is sad.

      7. Catherine says:

        Hi Miss Caroline,
        Aww, that’s so sweet of you. We’re all special and they’re all beasts not deserving our attention (sorry HG). He actually got so angry from me calling him cute that I never did it again.. ha ha..

      8. BurntKrispyKeen says:

        Ladies, I really don’t understand their disdain for the word cute. But again, there’s plenty about narcissists that I don’t understand.

        And I agree, Caroline… that’s a gorgeous head of hair. But I’m most impressed with the arm placement. I think we might have a yoga master on our hands.

        It makes sense. Mind – Body – Spirit… a lovely practice, suitable for any variety of empath.


        1. Caroline says:

          I’m thinking it’s most likely about what their aims are at the moment/what they can get out of it, BKK. So, for instance, my narcissist soaked up my finding cuteness in (or about) him to his power advantage…

          But the G-r-e-a-t-e-r we have here on site isn’t going to want anyone to think he’s soft (which he isn’t) — or for anyone to think the little Caroline empath can get away with an “aw, it’s cute how you talk” comment. He could let it go until someone pointed it out.

          1. HG Tudor says:

            True and cute just does not apply to me.

          2. Caroline says:

            Thank you for your clarifying reply, HG. Damn. Forgot you can spell.^_^

            (Please don’t think twice. I’m being playful – not bratty).

      9. Catherine says:

        Thank you, but I can assure you that I’m no yoga master. This picture is from Chiang Mai in Thailand; I went a few years ago and had this splendid idea that I would do yoga with a visiting guru from India there. I do yoga, but I was in complete shock the first day I went to this class. Two hours of bending your body intensely and spending at least half the time upside down in 35 degrees without being allowed to drink water and having this tiny guru all over you all the time was too much for me; I almost fainted (but of course I stayed on anyway not to hurt the poor guru hopeless empath that I am) and when he told me the next class was in a few hours and this would go on for a whole week I bolted. I found a beautiful waterfall in the mountains instead and decided to escape there which was really hard because I couldn’t walk for days after the yoga class. Ha ha..

      10. BurntKrispyKeen says:

        I’d have to see you in person, HG, to see if I agree with your self-assessment.

        And I see what you are saying Caroline. It’s all about the fuel, as HG has taught me. But I bet if someone were whispering in the ear of, say a Greater… descriptions of how cute he is… I bet he wouldn’t object. But a Greater in a professor role, probably not going to embrace being called cute. I get it.

        But that was the word that came to mind when I saw his point system in Fuel. Only a Greater would be so creative. It made me smile for many reasons. And like you, I thought the same thing when he responded “jolly good.” (But you’re right; it only works in a heavy British accent.)
        So cute!

        Just like Catherine’s profile picture. I mean… you get what I’m saying about that flexibility, right? Think how easily she can scratch her own back!

        Is it okay for an empath to be jealous?
        Those pesky human traits…
        I mean… look at HG’s comment. I think we just witnessed a Greater being modest!

      11. BurntKrispyKeen says:

        That had to be a lovely and venturesome trip Catherine. But I understand that feeling. I’ve been so sore before that it hurt to smile… and I swear… I thought I could feel my eyelashes.

        The first time I saw your picture, I guessed that you were a centered woman. I knew you were no stranger to yoga, so your image inspired me to work on stretching out my own shoulders a bit as I tried to mimic your pose. Still can’t, but I’m still impressed.

        I’ve enjoyed reading your, Caroline’s, as well as Blackunicorn123’s comments here as I appreciate the humor. Mine is a bit sarcastic, so I hope to never offend as being cheeky doesn’t always translate so well through text. (I just love borrowing from the British! I guess traits from my heritage there pop up from time-to-time, but like most Americans, we are a mixture of many. Proud mongrels we are… but it helps in feeling a connection to those abroad as this world becomes smaller. You ladies certainly help with that.)

        Through all of the pain we have experienced, it is nice to have a place where we can share our stories while sharing a laugh. So thank you all for your laughter. HG has made me smile too, but I don’t want him getting the idea that I think he’s too cute or anything, so I’ll just leave it that.

      12. Catherine says:


        Just give it another go with your arms behind your back, I’m sure you’ll manage it! And yes, the trip was adventurous; I love traveling. Thank you also for your belief in me and thinking I’m centred; I used to believe so too, but the last years of upheaval and abuse have left me quite exhausted and I don’t recognise myself anymore; I feel more unbalanced than ever before in my life so introspection is currently my cup of tea.

        Your humour isn’t in the least offensive; I love sarcasm and I agree with you; being able to connect here with so many others that have gone through the same thing from all over the world is helpful, healing and joyous at times. Lots of hugs from a bloody cold Sweden;)

  13. Somewhere over the rainbow says:

    I was thinking that only written words, no interaction (not even a phone call…nothing!) and being tertiary source means nothing to a narc. It’s over =”game over”. But narcs manage to consider you their property even if you’re far away, not interested and respecting their “choice” to not keep in touch.

    If we do as you asked from us=we’re mean (we take away your control over us), if we won’t do as you ask=we’re mean, because we sabotage your “demands” and challenge your authority. You have such a twisted mind…there’s no winning in staying with your kind, only going in circles/roller coaster until one feels nauseous and must get off.

  14. Carolyn says:

    What do you think about a method of torturing the narcissist where a victim goes no contact – the narcissist can’t call, text or see in person the victim but once in a while a victim posts something online that is a source of fuel for the narcissist but narcisst still can’t interact with the victim. My friend does it to her ex narcissist. She escaped him, moved to another city, and torture him from afar. He is totally obsessed with her, he can’t reach her, he stalks her online in the hope she will give him a sign. What do you think?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      It may have some effectiveness with regard to certain narcissists, but this is not to be done when you have recently escaped/been disengaged as this will be a product of emotional thinking (you are still creating some form of engagement) and therefore feeding your emotional infection so that you will hit a tipping point and weaken resulting in ensnarement. It could be done after a solid period of no contact when the ET has been brought under control and logic prevails.

  15. Caroline says:

    Thank you very much for this one, HG. Very timely for me… and really helpful for me to reflect. Three biggies for me:
    -I’m going to have to “go missing” (not reply back, even if it’s hard for me) with a few third parties who may be relaying info to him; I must forego the niceties/politeness for my safety’s sake.
    -if the narcissist does break through my barriers, I need to shuteth up… as in, no arguing/last word, etc. It only keeps him coming back for more.
    -If he shows up AGAIN, I need to walk away — no run away, like a little girl — without a word.

    Besides that, I do think I’m mainly entering his 6th sphere, based on several things he’s said. So I’m arranging for that lobotomy for him, but in the meantime…

    Tin hat is in place.

    1. BurntKrispyKeen says:

      I like your plan… all of it.

      1. Caroline says:

        Awww, encouragement! I go a long way with encouragement, so thank ya much, Miss BKK. 🙂

        It’s kind of a messy thing right now, but I’m tougher than I probably seem. So I press onward!

  16. LB says:

    My X’s hoovers vacillate from “”You’re a whore and a bitch. This is your fault. You need to suffer “ to “I’m grieving over us and we could be amazing together.” So sick.

    1. Caroline says:

      What crap, LB!

      Obviously, it’s abundantly obvious to you that you need to dismiss such utter BS…and I’m sorry you even have to hear such stupidity.

      1. Empress1 says:

        That is horrid- a knee jerk reaction from me was “I wish ‘he’ would talk to me like that- it would be so much easier to kick him to the curb.” Knee jerk- I have no idea how I would react to anyone speaking to me like that– however kick to the curb does come to mind. Perhaps easier when they are so cruel with words– and with actions- and with some of the things HG has admitted to doing? I do not know— awful–
        No one should be treated to or talked to like any of this— well maybe some people– the ‘thems’– however we have too much class to lower ourselves to that level.

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