A victim of narcissistic triangulation when meets “normals” to share their pain and gain some insight – come across responses that leave them wondering whether the person they are talking to is blind or stupid.
We love to triangulate. Three is the magic number. You, me, and someone else or something else. Another victim? A competitor? A loyal lieutenant? A fresh prospect? An imaginary individual? A threatening event? An inanimate object?
There are so many combinations of triangulation that are available to us and each has its own advantages and rewards for its application for us. In this equation there will always be us, there will always be you and then there will be a third party.
One of our effective manipulative triangulations involves the “normals”.
These are people who are neither empathic nor narcissistic but people who are generally decent, sensible, and largely kind who may be supporters of yours, they may be members of our façade but whatever they are they are not you and they are not us.
These are the people who you turn to when you can no longer stand what is happening to you. When you cannot understand what is going on.
When the confusion becomes overwhelming. When you begin to sense something is not quite right. You turn to these normal in the hope of them helping you, understanding your plight, and/or offering some insight.
This is rarely achieved because you are met with responses that leave you wondering whether the person you have just spoken to is blind or stupid. Here are ten instances of this in action.
Are Normals Blind or stupid? 10 Ways They Respond That Make You Think
1. I don’t believe it
Victim – “He is horrible to me, he never lets me do anything on my own anymore, he shouts and calls me awful names.”
Normal – “Really? I just can’t see Nigel behaving like that, he is always so lovely and friendly whenever I see him. I cannot believe he would do that.”
2. Are You Bringing It On Yourself?
V – “I am sick of him controlling me. I try and assert myself, you know, lay down some boundaries, but he is always telling me to shut up and calm down and doing what he wants without any consideration for me.”
N – “Well you have always been feisty my dear, maybe you are provoking him and that’s why he is behaving that way. I don’t mean to be unkind but you do have a bit of temper you know.”
3. Not This Again
V– “He has done it again. Disappeared. I have been ringing him on the hour every hour and he won’t answer. I don’t know what it is. I mean, everything seemed okay when we got up this morning, he smiled and asked me if I wanted a cup of tea (cue detailed analysis of every word and interaction thereafter)
N – Glazes over, thinks to themselves “Not this again. I am bored of hearing this. They will be talking again by tomorrow. She worries over nothing.”
4. I Feel Sorry for Him
V – “So he did this, then that, then this again and he always does this you know. He is horrible, Horrible I tell you. I don’t know what to do. Oh, he did this as well and some more of that.”
N – thinks to themselves “I feel sorry for him putting up with someone so neurotic as her. No wonder he clears off for a few days, probably needs the peace and quiet.”
5. Someone Is Exaggerating
V – “No word of a lie, he locked me in the bedroom and threatened to burn the house down with me inside and I heard him laughing as he said this to me. I am so scared of him. He keeps threatening to kill me. He rings me at work and comments about how my brakes are dodgy and laugh and put the ‘phone down.”
N – Thinks to themselves “Sure he does, nobody goes on like that, I do like my friend but she is something of an attention seeker. Every other day there is one of these stories.”