No Contact No Nos


No Contact is THE key to beating the narcissist.

Most people get it wrong. There are two reasons for this.

1. Not understanding the requirements of a Total No Contact Regime , and

2. The misleading effect of Emotional Thinking.

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54 thoughts on “No Contact No Nos

  1. WhoCares says:


    Where would I read more about the topic of fuel or malice obsessions?
    (I’ve read “What is Making Him Come Back?”)


    1. HG Tudor says:

      The article mentioned is the one where the obsessions are addressed. I may expand on them in future work.

      1. WhoCares says:

        Thank-you very much. I await those with interest.

  2. Claire says:

    HG, does implementing no contact have any effect on the narcissist if they have disengaged and have a new IPPS? I know you have written about how the narcissist responds to no contact if you escape but do they have the same response in the case of them having disengaged?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Usually no because the narcissist is no longer interested in you, since you have been disengaged from and replaced.

  3. Jess says:

    Thank you HG! Would signing off, e.g. pls don’t contact me, followed by rigid no contact wound or infuriate an UMRN?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Drop the ‘please’.

      1. Jess says:

        Ha! Thanks for the tip. Just wondering whether it would wound or further enrage.

        1. HG Tudor says:


  4. Natalie says:

    HG, I was discarded after 2nd cycle. Pursued the sign off. Was hesitant but encouraged by him to make peace despite him having new supply. No peace made? got huge rage. Made a further attempt at friendship, was told he doesn’t think it is possible now and wants a clean break. Tried to discuss logistics, got random replies when he felt like it. Sent final email saying clearly nothing left to say, we should no longer have contact, wish you all the best. What will happen now?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      I need more information to provide an accurate answer and therefore you should organise a consultation.

  5. Kiki says:

    Omg so so true HG , sometimes I imagine you are like Batman helping the empaths ,all dark mysterious .Then I read your posts and you become the Joker .Why is that Batman is more alluring .

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Better car.

      1. MB says:

        I love you HG!

      2. Bibi says:

        Hahahahahaha! Good one, HG. Never liked Batman much but considering it now. 😛

  6. Claire says:

    What if you give a fuel filled initial sign off by telephone post discard, followed a couple of days later by a conciliatory text message accepting the end of the relationship and wishing you well?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Why do that, you are just providing fuel, engaging with the narcissist (and thus making your emotional thinking spike) and increasing the risk of hoovers in the future.

      1. Claire says:

        HG, thank you for your response. Unfortunately it was before I knew what I was dealing with. I have a tendency to react very strongly when I’m upset, then try and make things better when I’ve calmed down. I know better now, thanks to you.

      2. Jess says:

        Dear HG: so signing off, in any manner, increases the risk of future hoovers?

        1. HG Tudor says:

          Yes because invariably you will provide fuel, it may be Challenge Fuel (which means we will have something to prove to assert superiority again) or pure fuel (thus this lowers the hoover bar as your tasty fuel lingers in the subconscious as an attracting factor).

  7. JustEmpath says:

    Mr. Tudor,

    A victim escaped and went no contact almost two years ago. There was a massive Grand Hoover, a narc (mid range) even told her he would kill himself if she doesn’t come back but she stayed indiffifrent. She healed and found another man, they are planning to get married. After the engagement she unblocked the narc (probably to show him how happy she is and wound him). He blocked her in response but on the other hand started passive hoovering with social media posts, photos, love songs about his undying love for her. About her being the love of his life. Of couse he does it between his other relationships which always end badly.

    My question is – if he sees her happy (planning the wedding, building a house together with a new man) why he doesn’t act wounded (fury, silent treatment, withdraw), instead he indirectely profess his love for her on social media? And why he blocks her if he want to encourage her to resurect their relationship?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      He blocks to assert his superiority and to provoke. The passive hoovers are to draw fuel from other parties, to create a facade and may not actually be designed to draw her back to him – if he desires that, her contentment with another acts as deterrent to him hoovering directly and therefore he needs her to contact him in order to lessen the risk of potential wounding.

  8. Broken says:

    hi HG

    I wasn’t able to keep no contact after my so long -tried escape .
    Another year has passed, hell on earth caused by insults and aggressive treatments still on… and we are not “together” yet..
    remember my story?
    In the meantime the declarations of love and promises still are made…

    lately after seriousely gave him an ultimatum and asking to do something to prove what he says, 4 days ago announced on facebook that he is engaged to me !!!! Although i am flattered and happy about that… i am also paranoid, wondering what is happening !!!! Seeing that his rage is getting worse.

    i will appreciate any input .
    i am really in a total confused state of mind, and desperate.
    Thank you HG

    1. shesaw says:

      Hi Broken

      You say you are happy and flattered and paranoid. What causes your happiness? Are you happy because you feel flattered?

      Happy and paranoid is a strange combination of feelings – so I would say there must be something that you confuse in your mind. How to find out? I think the best thing to do is: try to analyze and break down what you are happy about. There is a good chance that basically it has nothing (anymore) to do with the guy.

      Maybe you are happy because you feel loved, admired and/or wanted. Good! Nothing wrong with that. Maybe you really loved this guy before an he revives this feelings in you.


      He messed with those feelings. He kinda corrupted them. And left you confused.
      Feeling loved/connected and having the desire to bond with another person is a good thing. But maybe he is not the guy to do this with. Maybe these literally mixed feelings are making you think you are paranoid. You are not. He probably is…

      Get clarity in your mind. Analyze your feelings. What do you feel? How come that you feel paranoid? What makes you feel happy? Why did you give him this ultimatum? What did you think/want at that moment? Ask yourself questions. It will help you make the good choices.
      Take care.

      1. Broken says:

        Hi shesaw

        it is a too long story.
        Way too long. HG knows it, and i hope for his input. without habing to book another consultation.
        Anyway i’ll try to answer you.
        i am happy because i have been hoping for many years that the relationship would be as it should… in the open and committed.
        However i am paranoid because i think i am more deluded than ever ….
        yes,,, i still love who he was… he keeps me hoping ….

      2. shesaw says:

        Hi Broken

        A good general rule to follow: are you feeling happy about what is happening now (happy as in ‘a stable sense of satisfaction and feeling good’)? If yes, then go for it. If no (and that definitely is what your posts are sending out) then do not go for it.

        My point of view: this man made you feel weak, paranoid and lost.
        Not a good relationship-opportunity. Be brave (you can! Its very rewarding), save yourself and get out.

        Read, read, read to stay out. Understand what is happening to you. Knowledge is your weapon against his insanity.

    2. Quasi says:

      Hi broken,

      I do not know your story but felt your post.
      Please get yourself away from him if at all possible, he can not prove anything to you other then repeating what you have already experienced.
      If his rage is getting worse that will not stop, if he has only given you future faking mixed with abusive treatment, then that is all he will ever give you.
      Please know you are worth more then that, you are worth more then he can actually give you, and he will never be able to prove anything to you other then what his actions have already proven.

      It’s hard to give advise here, because I do not know what you are living through. I guess the point is that you are “living through it”, not living how you want to live, your bearing a hurt and burden of his making.
      I can only advocate escape and no contact, telling yourself that there would be no difference if you stayed in the relationship, as he hasn’t given you any evidence of change only fakery.
      You can make a difference for you though, you can choose you..
      I have replied as I felt your post, I hope my words do not evoke pain but thought, maybe of a different future.

    3. SMH says:

      Broken (for some reason all of my replies are to Caroline – sorry Caroline – I do not know why that is happening), did he ask you to marry him before he announced on FB that you are engaged? If not, you should definitely be paranoid and wondering what is happening.

      1. Broken says:

        I am in total confusion, shock, pain … paranoic … and more pain…
        i will write more tomorrow ..
        thank you for your care.

        1. SMH says:

          Sorry to hear that, Broken. Do keep us posted. Stay here and work through it. It really helped me.

      2. IdaNoe says:

        Broken, you sound panicked. Panicked animals ( yes we are animals too) make mistakes . Try to calm yourself. Breath. Breath. Step away from it all. Take a hot bath, be with nature, what ever it takes to calm your mind. I listen to Georgian chants or read from I-Ching until my brain stops moving. Then eat something and sleep. Then you can look at things from a distance. Observe them. See them for what they really are. But you can’t do that with your mind racing. Stay away from alcohol or drugs. They cloud your mind even more. When you learn to control your panic, you gain some control over the situation. He’s trying to panic you. Its intentional. If you’re running in circles, you’re under his control. Controlling your emotions is key. You may feel fear, but do not show it. It’s like blood in the water. Let it out when you’re alone, safe. Be slow and methodical when he’s pushing. Check you’re steps carefully, predict the outcomes before you act. Be prepared for backlash. Slowly, calmly, methodically back away from him.

      3. Broken says:


        He posted and anmounced our engagment to show me that he is
        “serious”… but no, he didn’t asked me to marry him….. although in the past when i went no contact a few times he said he would ..(we are having this relationship for 10 years. I was married with kids, he lives with his mother and father, we never lived together, i am a widow now .. he just turned 30.. and i am much much older than him..) I am italian, he is english.

        The first few years was the “heavenly stage” it was a long heaven…. then in 2015 he drastically changed … that is when i suspected he found a younger woman (long story; and he always denies it) he gradually started to be aggressive and verbally abusive when i confronted him ….. then i found HG writings and i started to see the “real picture” of what is really happening.. eventually i told him of what i think he is …. of course he got upset …. but if i would say for example in this way to him: ” ohhhhhh ….you my adorable narcissist…” he would like it….

        . i am deluded and i am still in the game… hoping for something that i do not even know what is that “something” anymore …
        i feel betrayed, humiliated, thrown in the gutter… rejected…. despised.. and yet when he changes tune with intense love bombing .. i want to believe him .

        There is no hope for me.

        1. SMH says:

          Broken, There is always hope but if he posted that without even having spoken to you about it, well, I don’t know what to say. That is really a master manipulation. Have you consulted with HG? I have not but I don’t think I need it right now. I would recommend it because it seems to help a lot of people.

  9. SMH says:

    Of course I signed off because I didn’t know all of this. Can one tell a hoover intent by how one signed off? During escape I explained gently but directly why I was leaving (didn’t want to be in an affair anymore – simples). I left the possibility open for contact if he and IPPS split up (I didn’t know what I was dealing with). I got a relatively benign IGH and follow ups. Still later I wounded him inadvertently, and then raged at the ST that followed. Later I apologized for hurting him. Then I tried to expose him in a very underhanded way. My emotional thinking was clearly all over the place. I think I’ve crossed the emotional sea now but he is indirectly hoovering.

    Nothing malign I said ever stuck, so I doubt he cares that I called him a psychopath or tried to expose him (he might not even know). The last direct thing was the apology. Would he consider that positive or negative fuel? Is he hoovering to see if I am still interested or to punish me (for escape, for raging, for exposure)? He always acts like ‘nothing’ happened, even after months and months of NC, so it is plausible that he thinks nothing happened! I am determined to stay NC but if that fails, I would like some insight into his intention. Thank you!

    1. Caroline says:

      He was probably secretly chuffed to be called a psychopath. More wounding may have occurred if you’d said blankly that he was always wrong, and his ideas sucked. “And I take back my apology”

      1. SMH says:

        LOL Caroline. You are absolutely right. He even said he wanted to see me after that. We did, I sprung something on him that put me in control, we exchanged angry words, he tried to hug me and left. I texted an apology but he didn’t apologise because of course he is NEVER wrong. I’d take back my apology but that would mean breaking NC.

      2. SMH says:

        Caroline, I dreamt last night that I contacted him and then he blocked me – I think it was via email but I saw that he blocked me. It was like a jail cell door with a big X over it. He wanted me to see it. I guess I know subconsciously what his hoover intentions are. FLIP THAT SCRIPT. Too bad and too sad.

    2. foolme1time says:

      Perhaps you should consult with HG?! He would be able to answer all of you questions. Try the email consult, that way you have his answers with you when ever you may need them.

      1. SMH says:

        You are probably right, FoolMe1Time. I always have these multi-part questions that would best be answered through a consultation. I don’t think I entirely trust HG though because as a greater he doesn’t see shades of grey and I think I prefer my grey world to his black and white one. I am not that cynical and I like to get feedback from commenters too, so I am always grateful when someone responds! Thanks!

        1. MB says:

          SMH, trusting HG in the context of a professional consultation is very wise. I don’t think you will find him to be cynical. I hope you will consider it as it is most helpful.

          1. SMH says:

            I will consider it if narc directly hoovers, MB. I am afraid HG will otherwise trigger me as his personality and actions are similar to my narc’s and I don’t think I have quite enough distance yet.

          2. MB says:

            I understand SMH. Im sorry that you have suffered so much.

            As somebody that’s crazy about HG, I also understand that my perspective may be a bit skewed.

    3. Clarece says:

      SMH, if they are hoovering, you can count on the fact they are taking the temp to see if/how you respond and adjust accordingly. They will take any kind of interaction. FM1T is right with having a consult. You can just blend your gray thinking with his observations. It’s like adding texture to a painting. It will give more depth for you to review the situation.

      1. SMH says:

        Thanks, Clarece. If I take what I know from the normal pattern – I leave (four times), he waits, I break NC (he did once), he persuades me back into the FR, I have to assume that this is what is happening again, right? I mean how many mistakes does it take for my idiot brain to learn??!!

        I see my main tasks as 1) not breaking NC; 2) getting my ET back in balance (not ‘under control’ as I do not want to become a different person). I think I have done both except I blocked him, so that is breaking NC, and I am still here, which means my ET is not entirely back in balance. But almost there! HG has helped me tremendously just by having this site. If narc directly hoovers, I will have a consult.

    4. Caroline says:

      so very interesting to read about your dream. Thanks for sharing it.

      I have that same sort of experience too, especially with Ns and abusive situations.
      I suspect because we are detail hounds and love subtleties and nuances, and are able to consider all shades of grey, in dreaming sleep our minds make sense of what we couldn’t find words for. What we can’t quite put our finger on.
      We awaken with “this is what this is” revelation, which we can then describe clearly.
      We know it with substance and in 3-D.
      It incorporates all of the subconscious and intuitive data we collect about the situation.

      I also am aware that I’m not an impulse buyer, and like to consider the data/options before making a choice. Then I choose with conviction and have greater resulting happiness.
      I think that dreaming in metaphors is the way I’m wired to work.
      You too?
      Then we can see the issues, formulate a strategy to fix/modify/deal with, or grieve the loss of, and then do quality assurance on that process.

      Ha ha! Who wouldn’t love us?
      I hope you’re well today.

      1. SMH says:

        Thanks for your thoughts, Caroline. I rarely dream about narc but I have before. They do help me to process my thoughts and feelings but it all depends on how well I can read narc. I feel like I know him well at this point, so the hoover would be used to discard me, though he has actually never discarded me. The actual pattern has been quite different. I always think he is shutting me out after I escape (four times now). It then turns out that he is waiting, ‘delighted’ when I return, and persuades me back into the FR. So I don’t entirely trust my dreams! But this one did give me pause. Right before this I had been thinking of letting him know that I spotted him and he cannot manipulate me (really breaking NC). Now I can barely conjure him up, so the dream had some effect. We’ve been NC for much longer than this period now, so it seems something has really shifted for me, thanks to this site!

  10. LYNN says:

    You make it sound like we should be afraid??? why ever should we be? The Narc is either blocked so he is rendered powerless or if not blocked we can just ignore it and take great pleasure in knowing the Narc is wounded by being ignored. I did all the things you say would have annoyed the Narc and I wait longingly to get a Hoover so I can have some mind game fun with him. Would be mostly monosyllabic wind up and then tons of ignoring. I’m not scared or threatened, bring it on! but I know he won’t he’s scared of me…. I just feel pity for him.

  11. Rachel says:

    This site has been so helpful to me. An eye-opening experience. Somehow, gaining knowledge about narcissism was therapeutic. I feel less stupid now. And it was, in a twisted way, fun to be able to predict the narc’s next move. I went no contact (not in the proper way) and when the hoover came (a text with a song, asking how I was doing, like nothing happened) I actually recognized it as a hoover. Some months ago, I would’ve thought he really missed me. We’ve done a few cycles already, and I fell for the hoovers, every time again.
    But, I couldn’t resist the feeling that I had to sign off. That was a mistake. I should’ve ignored that text. All he did was type 3 words, and then sit back and wait for me to write another long text, filled with fuel of course. I wish I hadn’t done that. It was just an ego boost for him.
    I didn’t go no contact the way I should have (blocking him in every possible way) because, to be honest, I was very curious. Curious about the hoover. Curious if he would use my birthday as an excuse to get in touch. It’s all stupid and useless.
    Thank you for all the information. For your videos on youtube. Your voice gives me the chills, but I love to listen to the information coming from someone who knows. An expert. Especially since you’re so articulate. This site is a gem.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      You are most welcome.

    2. Caroline says:

      ‘it’s all stupid and useless”
      Well said Rachel.
      If you add ‘meaningless and draining’, you’d be describing my experience.

  12. IdaNoe says:

    Three thoughts: The Burning Bed, Sleeping with the Enemy, Death and the Maiden. Good night. 😉

  13. Amanda Katz says:

    What about when the narc signs off via email , explicitly saying he will have the lost word and any replies will be ignored? What is he trying to achieve? I haven’t contacted him in well over a month and he said he sent the email at the “suggestion of a professional marriage counselor”, telling me he’s trying to get back with his wife and that, when I defended one of the lies he told her about me, I was being “mean and spiteful@ to her (yeah, while the douchebag is lying to her still and saying he’s enjoying his new life of truth and honesty.) So, why send that email when I haven’t contacted him? Malign Hoover?

    1. Amanda Katz says:

      And since when do marriage counselors suggest that a man contact the other woman when she’s already out of the picture? Does that jibe?

    2. HG Tudor says:

      It might be disengagement, it may be a hoover designed to provoke a response, it might be a response by way of the assertion of superiority with regard to the provision of Challenge Fuel. I would need more detail with regard to the circumstances to provide an accurate response and therefore a consultation is the appropriate forum.

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