Why the Narcissist Makes It All So Difficult



You will have silently asked yourself this question many times. You will have asked it of friends and family as you recount the latest confusing bout of behaviour from us. You may even go so far as to ask us why we make everything so difficult. Your confusion stems from several places. First of all, life really ought to be a bowl of cherries and straight forward. You have a good house, two cars on the drive, you get to go on holiday, there are no real concerns about the bills, the jobs seem safe. You are not rich but you are in a fortunate position. Everybody in the family enjoys good health, you have two wonderful children and extended family are supportive and play a part in your life. You once got along famously, brilliantly, a complete match made in heaven which shows that it can be done and therefore that suggests, does it not, that this can be resurrected and returned to, if only he wanted to and tried to do it. Going beyond this you give everything to the relationship. You have not changed. You remain devoted, loving, working hard for the family unit both in the office and at home. You make our meals, you suggest days out, you attend to the laundry and the housework with little assistance in return. You know that you give more of yourself to us, emotionally and in terms of dedication to the concept of our relationship and the family and truth be told you do not begrudge doing so. You have always been a giver and you derive pleasure in seeing other people content and happy knowing that you have played a part in it. Whilst it would be lovely to receive some affection from time to time you could live without it, if you are completely honest, if only we did not make everything so difficult.

You cannot understand why we make life so hard. There is nothing to be upset or concerned about. Indeed, with your tolerance and giving nature, we have surely landed on our feet. Your friends tell you that given everything you do for us we ought to drop to our knees and worship you when you come through the door in the evening. You laugh at such suggestions, since you are far too modest, but inside you do wish that there could be some acknowledgement, some thanks for everything you do. It does not have to be reciprocated, you are content with that role, but if only we would accept this massive advantage that we have and not spoil things, cause arguments and bring discord when there really is no need. You could understand it if you actually did something wrong but you do not, you know you don’t. From time to time you do find yourself analysing what you do and wondering if perhaps it is you that causes these sudden mood-swings, the lashing out, the sulking silences and the irritation. Once in a while you think you might have done something wrong and you apologise and make amends, not that it seems to get you anywhere. At times you think you would be better off if you came in drunk, kicked the dog and demanded that we make you something to eat before falling asleep in front of the television. Perhaps if you came in full of thunder and gave us a slap we might respect you more, because it seems that your dedication and subservience get you none. This thought tumbles through your mind often but you know you could not behave like that, because it is not you, but it does make you wonder what you need to do to gain our respect, our interest and our love once again, like it once was.

You cannot understand why someone would choose to be so difficult and so often. We have every advantage. Why not be content with that and life a wonderful life with a delightful family and doting spouse? Surely that is far easier than causing chaos, pandemonium and upset? Not only do these storms come out of nowhere, you just cannot understand why someone would behave like that towards someone that we supposedly love and care about. It makes no sense, no sense whatsoever, but you are not going to give up. You are not a quitter. You will work out what it is and then make the appropriate changes so that life really is a bed of roses.

How often have you felt this way? Many times I should imagine. It is extraordinary and unbelievable that we almost choose a life of conflict over what could be a peaceful and enjoyable life. This makes no sense to you at all. The fact is that we do not choose to cause confusion and chaos, we have to. Admittedly, we choose the degree and extent, the Greater of our kind doling out particularly savage and heinous machinations which increase the pain and misery, but all of us, whether Lesser, Mid-Range of Greater do not choose a life of conflict with you, our intimate partner, it has to happen.

We need to create drama because we feed off the emotional output generated by you in response to that drama and this provides us with fuel. It has gone beyond the point where we could rely on your admiration, love and affection, that has become stale although we do not dismiss it out of hand. In order to make that admiration, love and affection seem shiny and new (if only for a short while) we must create the drama, the downside and the conflict in order so there is a contrast. This contrast will allow us to reinstate our “good side”, the golden period and things will seem wonderful for a period of time but then the stale sensation returns once again. Thus the conflict must be resumed. You have no control over this. No matter how hard you try to please us, to accommodate us and to do the things that we like, this unquenchable need for fuel means that the roller coaster will not stop. There is often no logic to it, from your perspective. You may notice certain behaviours which tell you that the storm is about to be unleashed but often you will not know. This is because what triggers the storm is the ignition of our fury which is caused by your criticism of us. Those criticisms are usually more likely to be perceived by us than actual on your behalf and this means you will always struggle to identify them. Believe me, a simple “Hello, how are you?” can trigger the storm. In our world we regard this simple and pleasant greeting as unnecessary questioning and the suggestion that there is something wrong. If there is something wrong, then that is a criticism. This is why we seem to erupt over “nothing”. It is nothing in your world but in ours there has been a criticism and this ignites our fury with the resulting shouting, nastiness, sulking and silent treatments. There is no pattern to this behaviour. Once cannot say it is three weeks good one week bad. You may have months of the reinstated golden period before another tornado tears through your life. It may be a succession of tornadoes each and every single day for a month. It will always leave you confused and bewildered as to why we behave this way when there is so much good in our lives, so much to enjoy and look forward. As ever this is because you are looking at the world from your perspective. From ours it is vastly different. We do not choose to make life difficult, we have to.

14 thoughts on “Why the Narcissist Makes It All So Difficult

  1. lisk says:

    Oh, these are the exact words that cause me one of the biggest, most dramatic silent treatments I ever received: WHY DOES EVERYTHING HAVE TO BE SO EFFING DIFFICULT?

    1. NarcAngel says:

      Because they’re effing disordered?

      1. lisk says:

        Of course!

        But I wasn’t fully awake to that at the time. If only HG would have been blogging back then!

  2. Deborah says:

    Twenty years. Fifteen, (as I know now) were golden . I was on a pedestal. Then one day, as I call it, The Mask Fell off . This is all in hindsight, of course. I tried for five more . The de-meaning, lying, gas lighting tore me to shreds . I finally left. Four years later, after being alone, I found someone else. The red flags were there, I ignored them. He was worse then my husband was. After two years, I made him leave . Now, I find myself needing to know Everything About Narcissism. Needing to understand, I just desperately need to understand more than I knew before . This damage is severe . But, one day in my searches I found you….HG Tuder, and everyday I learn, not only more about them, but more about me and what I am and why they find me. You are straight to the point, no sugar, no Bullshit. God, knows I’ve had enough of that. Thank you .

    1. HG Tudor says:

      You are welcome.

    2. Narc noob says:

      15 years GP. Whoa! That’s gotta be a record.

      1. Kelly says:

        That’s what I was thinking. How did he restrain himself for so long? I’m glad for Deborah that he did, at least she had 15 years of relative peace.

        1. Deborah says:

          Please, don’t misunderstand me, there were times of gas lighting and cheating and lies, I just never knew it. Like the night after we got back from our honeymoon, i woke up in the middle of the night, and found him on the computer having cybersex with some woman . And he was still having sex with his ex for our first two years,( I was pregnant at the time) I didn’t get the devaluing till 15 years. I had an idea of what he was but, was not educated at that time to know what I was in the middle of. All of this is hindsight. The final straw was when my oldest sister facebooked me, telling me I was a horrible wife and that she had and was having sex with him for the last eight months.

          1. SJ says:

            Oh shit!
            Your sister?!

            Sorry to hear that, Deborah – with all of the other stuff on top.

            I can’t get the image of my NEX trying it on with my sister now. IF he had done that to me, his balls would now be hanging from a tree (that’s code for I’d cry myself to sleep, pathetically).

          2. Deborah says:

            SJ, after all the other cheating and lies, by this time I was numb. But, for me it was a numbness that would last for years . maybe I still am, even after my last narccessist. Or, maybe he just added to it. I’m not into revenge or “getting even.’. Never has been a part of me.

          3. SJ says:

            I hear you there, Deborah. Revenge is just counter-productive when you have a conscience. If there was a big red button and someone told me to press it for a fantastic revenge on my MR, I couldn’t do it. I’m not physically vindictive, but I am in my mind.

            So, you’re still feeling pretty numb these days too? I’m hoping that fades.

          4. amanda SNapchat says:

            congratulations on getting out. I am sorry about your sister. Focus on the good people that are with you.God is with you. you are now free.

        2. SJ says:

          Maybe that’s more to do with Deborah’s perspective on what it was?

          Looking back, I think most of us would say it was pretty much golden period because of the hidden abuse/gaslighting/confusion. It can all start to feel pretty normal if your head isn’t literally being smashed up a wall.

      2. SJ says:

        Maybe it was ET GP and not Logic GP.

        The machinations are ALWAYS there.

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