The Veiled Primary Source


You were crowned as the Intimate Partner Primary Source (“IPPS”) and you enjoyed that magnificent golden period. Those mesmerising days with the narcissist have gone, but the memory remains bittersweet. Blackened devaluation followed and now disengagement as you find yourself cast aside. During the downward spiral you had concerns that the person you loved and still love, was playing around, seeing other people and tarnishing that once professed perfect love. You believe that you have been pushed to one side and another has taken your crown.

Amidst the confusion and mayhem, your quest for answers, being the empathic truth seeker that you are, has led you to realise that you have been ensnared by a narcissist. You dive down the rabbit hole, reading all you can about this extraordinary disorder, shaking your head as you see the similarities of the experiences of other people, fighting back the tears as the humiliation of your treatments weighs heavy on your shoulders and still wanting him back. The wanting, the desire, the need remains and like so many others the questions form and occupy your thoughts on a daily basis.

Your suspicions that the narcissist was seducing someone else as the sun set on your empire with him, remain. You understand from your reading that the narcissist will often revel in rubbing the former IPPS’ nose in it, by parading the new IPPS to all and sundry. There are Relationship Bulletins placed on social media. The new subject of the narcissist’s infatuation is introduced to the narcissist’s coterie, the friends, the family and the colleagues as they get to bask in the golden light and you sob in the shadows. It is unfair. It is unjust. It is wrong. You worry that this new IPPS will be the one to make everything right and that the behaviours you experienced through devaluation will not be repeated. You want to derail the coupling and ensure you are installed back in that vaulted position of IPPS and this time you will strive to ensure you do everything right and avoid this awful fate that has currently befallen you. These are common responses and feelings.

You have been engaged in the customary social media stalking, looking to find out who has taken your place, but you cannot find anything. There are no posts showing the narcissist grinning with the new conquest, cold dead eyes gazing out from a score of posts, tendril wrapped about the new victim. You have not been able to contact any of the narcissist’s family or friends, learning that you had been smeared as an abuser by the narcissist, this litany of lies having been established well in advance of your disengagement. Nobody wishes to talk with you. You have managed to convince a handful of friends, failing to notice their eye-rolling, to try to find out who the narcissist is now with, but they have drawn a blank, yet you still have that nagging itch that someone new is in your place. Surely that is how it works? The narcissist needs that primary source of fuel to ensure that potent, plentiful and frequent fuel is provided to keep the construct in place. The narcissist cannot be without this particular appliance (or at least not for long) if a fuel crisis is to be averted, so what has happened? What is going on? Where is the new IPPS?

There are four scenarios which are relevant where it appears that a veil has been drawn across the new IPPS.

  1. Didn’t Receive the Memo

There is a new IPPS and the narcissist has not gone without the necessary fuel, but you do not know about it because you have simply missed the fact that this is happening. You have looked in the wrong places, you have been kept out of the loop and the side lining and ostracization which takes place following your disengagement has meant that you just have not come across the evidence of the new IPPS. You haven’t been included in the Relationship Bulletins because you have, as the former IPPS, been deleted from the world of the narcissist and you just haven’t learned of the new IPPS although he or she is very much there.

2. Keeping It In The Family

Your suspicion that there is a new primary source is a well-founded suspicion but you have been looking in the wrong place. You have been looking for the new romantic partner of the narcissist, expecting to see him and her promenading together, dining at the haunts you were once taken to and splashed all over social media. Since you cannot find these indicators you are puzzled – surely he needs a primary source but where is she?

It is possible that the primary source is not an IPPS but a Non Intimate Primary Source and this usually means a family member. The narcissist has not ensnared a romantic primary source, for various reasons and therefore has fallen back on a family member to be the chief provider of fuel (and often considerable residual benefits). The NIPS will usually be a parent, child or sibling, in that order of likelihood. Extended family members can be NIPS but this is rarer.

If the narcissist has lived at home with a parent or moved back to live with the parent and you do not see a romantic primary source, it is highly likely that the mother or father is now the primary source. If the narcissist has children (minor or adult) and they live with the narcissist, one of these children will be crowned as the primary source and this is why you cannot find the new girlfriend.

If the narcissist rents an apartment with her sister or brother, then again, they are likely to be the primary source. If there is no romantic primary source and you know the narcissist is living with a family member, then it is a Keeping It In The Family scenario. If they are not living with a family member and you cannot find a romantic partner, ascertain whether the narcissist is spending a lot of time with a family member. Are they turning up at their mother’s house a lot? Do you know if he or she is popping across every day for dinner? Also keep in mind there are likely to be communications which you are not privy to between narcissist and family member which underlines their status as the new primary source.


There is a new IPPS but you are not being allowed to see that this person is in place. The narcissist is concerned that you are going to cause a major issue to the new golden period for this new IPPS and does not want you interfering. You have been smeared as a crazed harpy, the lunatic and psycho ex, so that the loyal members of the coterie form a protective wall around the narcissist and his new love interest. The coterie and the lieutenants will have been extensively briefed as to your catalogue of (fabricated) awful behaviours towards the narcissist, but your obsessed investigations as you sought to obtain answers are now used against you. You are painted as the crazy stalker, the oddball who just will not move on and although in part you are unable to move on, it is not for the reasons that have been explained about you.

The narcissist is most concerned that you are going to try to expose him or her to the new IPPS so that the wonderful golden period is derailed. He or she is worried that precious energy will be taken up trying to keep you away, fending off your attempts to display the truth about us as the narcissist seeks to manage the façade and prevent his good name being muddied. You will not find a Greater Narcissist in this position. The concern about you and what you will do is the preserve of the Mid Ranger (most likely) and the Lesser (to a degree) and therefore it is those schools who will be keeping the new IPPS on the down low. They will frequent different places, avoid social media pronouncements, block you on social media and create the appearance of there not being a new IPPS all done to ensure that you do not spoil matters.

This situation is most likely where you have escaped or if you have been disengaged it is where you have shown particular application in trying to have your truth told to many other appliances within the fuel matrix so you are refusing to abide by the expected role of weeping and woeful former IPPS. Show any fight against being controlled in this way, demonstrate a desire to confront and challenge and you will be swiftly labelled as a troublemaker. The narcissist will then pull a veil over the IPPS, shrouding them from you, ensuring the coterie makes no mention of a new girlfriend, avoiding any possibility of detection and thus ensuring that the newly embedded IPPS is not affected by your crazed rantings.

4.Secondary Sources Rule

You cannot find a new IPPS for the simple reason that there is not one. The narcissist has not embedded a new IPPS or NIPS. Instead, the narcissist is content to operate by obtaining fuel from key secondary sources IPSSs, DLSs and NISSs. There are two instances where this occurs

  1. The narcissist is a Greater and has such an extensive fuel matrix that he can readily juggle various IPSSs and DLSs who provide plenty of fuel and therefore there is not yet a need for an IPPS (Greaters very rarely have NIPSs) . Indeed, some Greaters may operate a fuel matrix of extensive secondary sources and no primary source for several months;
  2. The narcissist is Mid Range or Lesser and has not been able to embed a new IPPS quickly enough and therefore has been forced to rely on the supplementary sources (secondary and tertiary) in the meanwhile. This state of affairs will not last long and the narcissist will be endeavouring to find an IPPS or turn to a NIPS if need be.

Thus, just because you cannot spot the new love interest of the narcissist who has callously disengaged from you (or more rarely you have escaped from) it does not mean that there is not one. Usually that primary source has an obscuring veil placed across them.

8 thoughts on “The Veiled Primary Source

  1. A Victor says:

    I’m thankful for any veil. I haven’t thought about my replacement much and knowing nothing has made it easier in all respects.

  2. Asp Emp says:

    There was nothing “veiled” about the IPPS that he was fkg. It was blatantly obvious to me. He is a MRN and was not as good as hiding his true actions. He is not a Lesser. Definitely a Victim MRN and the IPPS knew it – played on it. Hence my questions in relation when I read ‘The Fading Star’ and ‘The Ageing Narcissist’ articles – and mentioning something about ‘collapsed’ narcissism – as sometimes age is not the predominant factor in a narcissist’s behaviour changing (or a reason why he has more ‘slip-ups’ as described in the dropping of the mask article). ET levels still down.

  3. Cup Cakes says:

    I was crowned and taken advantage of all these years. I was tricked into getting pregnant and forced into marriage.Looking back now it all makes sense. What a bad experience that I had to live.

  4. December Infinity says:

    Hmm. Interesting article. I put the last narc, from my readings on the site via the articles and numerous books I have purchased thus far, which I would consider at this point to be a lower lesser victim narc, to the curb mid-March during this pandemic. I didn’t realize I was dealing with a narcissist until I was told by a counsellor. By the time I decided that I was DONE with the narc’s behaviors for good (which was end of February), I was worn out and very angry, not to mention humiliated and financially depleted (and I mean majorly depleted). I suspected he was playing around for a while, and he was slipping up between all the lies and manipulations. He shouldn’t have been surprised that eventually I was going to get tired of his games. After 4 years of enduring his behaviour, I had enough. He clearly had the ones he was messing about with at a distance. It turns out he was going away for so-called work to a city about 5 hours drive away. Once I ended it, I blocked his number, changed my number, blocked his numerous Facebook profiles and messenger names. I have stayed off social media for several weeks and have been watching requests that have been coming in via email. There have been a few instances where I have noticed strange requests so I have not been on social media. Not to say that they are from the ex-narc or someone helping him so I am being cautious. He is illiterate in 3 languages so if he were to attempt contact I would know it was him. Am I the woeful and weeping ex out to tell everyone what he is? No. I am not. I am still learning about the narcissistic dynamic and there is a great deal to understand – there have been far too many narcissists in my life as I have come to realize. I don’t care WHO or WHAT he has ensnared himself with, no doubt that was going on for a while based on my gradual understanding of the constant devaluations I was subjected to, in addition to the numerous absences by the last narc. I have come to the understanding that once the insults and the absences began, he was already up to no good. I am relieved that he is gone. He is someone else’s problem now. They will find out for themselves. I have zero desire to contact him or check what he is up to. I do not care.

  5. cadavera says:

    I had a situation similar to this last year that trickled into this one as far as the smear campaign went and I had been trying to figure out if there was a new IPPS since my life follows a pretty specific pattern with all of this. And I felt it when he’d ensnared her–way too creepy of a feeling, but I just knew it. He called me a cougar yet this bitch is 2 1/2 yrs older than me. Go figure. Anyway, if this relationship is so wonderful and unicorn and puppy memes are floating all around, then why are there no pics of them together on social media? A friend of mine brought this up a few weeks ago and I was stumped. I’m way past this situation with them but I am still infinitely curious when something odd like no pictures pops up, especially since it went from 0 to love in a very short time. I mean, if a couple is so happy, then why no pics to show off this “I’m better than all of you” message? People have even asked for pics and gotten no response.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      1. Why are you focussing on the narcissist when you are aware the individual is one? Apply GOSO.
      2. The absence of pictures may be because
      a. They are unnecessary to assert control over the IPPS , or
      b. The IPPS is in devaluation.
      I need more information with regard to the situation to provide an accurate view.

    2. Empath007 says:

      I find a lot of people who are either narcissists or highly narcissistic, tend not to care very much (or carefully choose not to) expose too much of their life on social media. It is not necessary for them, from what I’ve learnt from HG I can gather that perhaps the fuel source for them is weaker (they get more satisfaction out of personal interactions then online ones) and also, they do not want evidence of their own life all over the internet. They tend to like to use social media as a place to spy on and gather information on OTHERS, not themselves.

      You say people have asked for pictures but got no response… maybe that gives the narcissist some form of control ? a thought process along the lines of “look at them… they are all so interested in what I am doing, well why wouldn’t they be I am something to marvel at aren’t I?… well they will have to wait, too busy in the golden period ! ” haha !

      I know it can be easy to get jealous, hell I’ve been no contact for two years and I still occasionally get jealous (which is ridiculous). But HG is right. You’re better to apply GOSO. Taking the high road sucks…. it doesn’t feel like there’s been any justice. but sometimes its necessary to just cut your losses and pretend like he never existed.

      If I can ever accomplish my own advice I’ll let you know haha.

      1. A Victor says:

        The narc I got involved with has almost zero online presence, claims he has no desire for one, nor knowledge of how to make one. After reading HG’s information, as well as doing my own investigation while in that relationship, I now believe my narc does actually have several online presences, none with pictures of himself nor any information or even any friends, and all for doing research on his victims. He is very computer literate and as such I now believe this is a choice, not lack of know-how. And, he did use it to control me, a fact of which I am not proud.

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