Do you know how it feels to be in a toxic relationship with a narcissist? Have you experienced narcissistic abuse? And can you recall the first time you really started to realize that something wasn’t right? It’s this ache in your gut, that one stray tear you can’t control and as it rolls down your face, it almost burns. It’s like your body gets it before you do, somehow.
There are different types of psychologically violent people, and the more you know about them, the better you will be able to protect yourself.
Their way of abusing and tormenting you will be more understated and subtle, and most of the time, you might not even realize that you’re being abused.
Narcissists can turn a confident, productive, calm individual into someone who’s doubtful, high-strung, and codependent.
When anxiety is present, it’s impossible to access your intuition.
The definition of trauma bonding is “a strong emotional attachment between an abused person and his or her abuser, formed as a result of the cycle of violence.”
Triangulation is one tool in the emotional abuser’s toolkit. In the triangle, there’s you, the abuser, and at least one other person (or sometimes a pet).
This post provides compelling insider’s views of the difficulties of making decisions in a violent relationship, and this is helpful for outsiders to understand.
Physical abuse is something obvious. There’s concrete evidence that there is an issue and the relationship is an unhealthy one. But emotional abuse takes on a different form. It isn’t so obvious and when you’ve endured a relationship like this for a long enough period of time you don’t even realize.