Is He Alone Now?


You have been discarded or perhaps you have succeeded and escaped our grip. You cannot help still but wonder what we are doing, especially if we have discarded you. The thoughts run through your mind repeatedly. What is he doing? Is he thinking of me? Where has he been today? Why have I not heard from him? Why did he do that? What did I do wrong? A thousand and one questions which whirl around in your mind. This is always the case when you have been discarded and even when you made your escape the questions still come thick and fast because so much has not been explained or answered. Furthermore, as an empathic individual you cannot help but wonder what we are up to, what we are thinking and how we feel. It is an automatic response for someone like you and is part of the reason why you remain susceptible to a hoover. Sometimes you may be wondering how we are or how we are managing. You may hope that we are miserable and dejected by losing you. You engage in stalking our social media, driving by where we work or live, have friends ask what we are up to and you will try and contact us direct to try and establish what has happened (where there has been a discard). Whether you escaped or whether you were discarded there are several burning questions on your mind and one of those is; is he with someone else now? You do some snooping and detecting and the answer appears to be, yes, he is alone. There is no sign of a new significant other. There is no mention of a new girlfriend or partner and we have not been spotted with anybody else when we have been sighted around town. We appear to be alone. What does this mean?

          If this situation manifests with the Lesser Narcissist, one has to consider the position where there has been escape and where there has been discard. Those factors apply to two scenarios being in play. The first is the Lesser will be engaged in Bouncing. Addressing Bouncing following your escape first of all.

He will have a new primary source but he will not regard her as a girlfriend. She will in all likelihood be an inner or outer circle friend of the Lesser. This is especially likely where you have escaped. With no time available to put in place a replacement who has been cultivated, the Lesser will have erupted and then sought the nearest fuel solace. The easiest way for him to do this, rather than expend energy seducing somebody new and comparatively unknown or even unknown, would be for him to promote this secondary source into a primary. This person will be “comforting” the Lesser after his awful and terrible treatment at your hands. The Lesser however will not make it known that he as a new primary source because he will want to milk sympathy from onlookers and also use this sympathy to enable him to move to another friend who will offer him “comfort”. Very quickly he will move between these two (maybe more) appliances. One weekend the first person will be his primary source but not referred to as a girlfriend or such like. A few days later he will move to a different one. He has no issue with this. He is accountable to nobody. He has no need to announce the relationship since keeping it quiet affords him more opportunities for fuel.

In terms of Bouncing where there has been a discard, this happens where the Lesser is not completely satisfied that the primary source he was cultivating is embedded as he would like. You may well have been discarded because you failed to provide fuel and this failure is dramatic and took place before your replacement has been properly embedded. Accordingly, the Lesser will be hedging his bets by going between two potential primary sources, alternating between them until he decides which is best and which is embedded. Then he will make the announcements, but until that point he gives the appearance of being alone.

          The second scenario concerns Keeping It in the Family. This is often applicable to the Victim Narcissist. If you have escaped the Lesser, he may promote a family member to be primary source rather than promote an inner circle friend to an intimate partner. He turns to his mother or sister, wailing of his misfortune and how terribly he has been treated. He may move back to the childhood home and this is where he gains his fuel, all of the sympathetic mothering fuel. Hence he appears to have no intimate partner because there is not one. Even if there has been a discard, the Lesser may decide to Keep It in the Family by playing on his woes as he continues to cultivate quietly a prospective primary source.

With the Mid-Range when he appears to have no intimate partner and appears to be on his own, it is not the case. He will have a new intimate partner as a primary source but he does not want you to know about her. Not yet. This is applicable when there is both discard and escape. The Mid-Range, being the most passive-aggressive of the schools of narcissist may not have embedded his prospective primary source with the confidence he would prefer (especially if you escaped) and therefore lacking the raw aggression of the Lesser and the swaggering confidence of the Greater, he keeps a low profile until he is confident that there is a successful attachment. He does not want you knowing about this primary source for fear you may interfere and mess up this much needed source of fuel. It is only when he is confident that the attachment has been secured that he will engage in Relationship Bulletins and the like.

Turning to the Greater. Of all the schools of narcissism, the Greater is able to function for longer without a primary source than the Lesser or Mid-Range. This is because he has extensive secondary sources to whom he can turn. Thus his extensive social circle, loyal Lieutenants, devoted family and admirers who are jostling for position to be chosen as the new primary source will provide him with enough fuel to allow him to function. He will not be at the top of his game and would much prefer to have a primary source in place, but if you escaped and you have pushed the narcissist into Chaos Mode, he will be working to secure that primary source behind the scenes but is content to show that he “does not need anybody” in the meanwhile. Although the reality is he will be clamoring to find a new primary source, he does not want you thinking that. He will want you to think he remains aloof, self-sufficient and not making a bee-line for anybody who will have him. He can be choosier than that. He has standards. This is the appearance he wishes to project and to a degree it is true, but he cannot remain choosy for long, the demands of fuel are ever present and those secondary sources will only sustain him for so long.

          The bottom line is that a primary source is always needed by the Lesser and the Mid-Range, more or less immediately following escape or discard, because of the demands of fuel. It is only an appearance as to why the Lesser or Mid-Range seems single (save when he Keeps It in the Family). The Greater needs the primary source soon, but he can last for longer without one and will revel in demonstrating that to you by saying “I don’t need you or anybody in fact, I am my own man.” It is of course an artifice. The Greater needs his primary source just as much, he is just fortunate because of his grandiosity, magnetism and charm he has far more secondary sources to turn to.

14 thoughts on “Is He Alone Now?

  1. WokeAF says:

    Does a mid ranger ever need to move back home and implement mommy as the primary source?

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  2. Sweetest Perfection says:

    Ironically, I know my narc is alone at this very moment. Not alone, alone, he’s still married and probably has the group of DLS/IPSSs he fools around with. But I know he’s in town and he’s here by himself, and I know he is bored. Bored enough to want to hoover an old shelf supply: me. He left two phone messages last night at 3 in the morning in my office phone, because it’s the only phone I cannot block since it’s a public number. I recognized his breathing. I also know he was probably drunk AF, which is normal in him as also staying up until odd hours hoovering, sexting, and sending dick pics. I could hear some dialogue from a movie in the background, maybe he was trying to convey a message? Maybe it was a movie he knows I like? Maybe it was a movie we watched at some point? Before I started to pay attention to the dialogue, I realized I was about to put more work on finding out than he ever put on taking care of our friendship/relationship so I deleted that creepy drunk shit. Happy early Halloween!

    1. Mercy says:

      Sweets, yes that is truly scary. Hope it didn’t trigger anything. Good job on remembering lack of work on paying attention to your relationship. How lame, didn’t even say anything like a weirdo stalker.

      1. Sweetest Perfection says:

        Thank you, Mercy. The calls didn’t trigger anything, but there’s a recent event in his life that has affected my ET deeply. Although I feel bad for not being there for him, I need to remember what he is and that I probably care more about this, even if it affects him, than he does himself. It is a hard thing to digest.

    2. Joanne says:

      Good girl! I probably would’ve gotten the forensics kit out and analyzed the time of the call, the sounds in the background, etc. LOL, just kidding. Kinda.
      Anyway, that is creepy for him to call your work line at THREE AM knowing you would obviously not be there, and purposely leave a cryptic “message.” Clearly throwing out crumbs to see if you’ll come fetch them. Boy, bye.

      1. Sweetest Perfection says:

        I think he was expecting to hear my voice in the answering machine. Good luck with that, because I never recorded a personalized message. That’s probably why he called twice because he was not sure it was my office? And what’s the point? Does he think I’m gonna get ecstatic the following day and try to call him back? “Oh, how romantic of you to call me drunk and leave a scary message, twice, no less! I couldn’t resist the passion, let’s talk!” Haha.

        1. Joanne says:

          Yes, I am sure that is exactly why he did it! Similar to the ole, “ring once and then hang up” trick to see if you will call back, seeing what he wanted. If “old me” was in your shoes, I *would* have been thinking…. “oh wow, how romantic, he’s drunk and thinking of ME. He had to phone and listen to the sound of my voice recording. This must MEAN something.” LOL. I’m glad we have our roots planted in logic now!

          1. Sweetest Perfection says:

            I just see it as the narcissist’s version of a booty call, Joanne. Late-night-drunk desperation for girl.

          2. Sweetest Perfection says:

            Dam autocorrect I wanted to write desperation FUEL, FUEL. I’ll just throw my iPhone away and get done with this shit.

          3. Joanne says:

            LOL both would actually be true, SP 😉

    3. Cyn says:

      Ha! Sounds like my ex was calling you up drunk lol!

  3. Jess says:

    Nuances of behavior abound. Tickety boo.

    1. B says:

      LMAO they are just so pathetic it’s truly laughable. Used his ex as solace 5 days after we broke up, when that went to shit 😂, went to the next new (but old), primary source & now is living back with mummy dearest 😂

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