Why Do Narcissists Go Back After Discarding Someone?

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Narcissists Go Back After Discarding Someone

Why do narcissists come back after discarding someone? Well, the answer is simple – they always come back to get their supply. Sometimes it takes time to realize that you are actually in their recycling process. They are looking for partners (read victims) who make them feel special. And once you’ve entertained them, they are likely to come back to you even after a breakup.

Think back to that glorious time when you were courted by the narcissist who ensnared you. Amidst the delight and excitement of that powerful and dizzying seduction, there is a good chance that mention was made of his or her ex. That person was the devil incarnate, weren’t they?

They were an abuser, a drunk, an addict, a gold-digger, a gambler, never worked, a sponger, never helped around the house, never helped with the children, bad-tempered, unsociable, awkward, played video games all day, and so on. No doubt your narcissist’s ex was one or more of those things. They were smeared on you from the off.

  • “He is just plain evil.”
  • “She is utterly bat shit crazy.”
  • “You won’t want to meet her; she is a fruit loop.”
  • “He is violent and nasty. Charming on the outside but horrible on the inside.”
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A hundred different ways to ensure that you thought ill of the predecessor ex and more highly of us. Praise for having broken free, sympathy for what we endured, encouragement for being with you. The fuel flowed as we recounted tale after tale of terrible treatment. All of this was told after we had jettisoned this person as we embedded you into our world.

It may even have been the case that you commenced an affair with us. We admitted we were married, lived with somebody, or were in a relationship but a combination of our charismatic magnetism and the tales of woe about how our partner was horrible and abusive meant that you saw somebody wonderful in need of your love and you felt no real concerns at interfering in our relationship.

After all, how many times did we tell you that we never had sex with them anymore, that we did not even share a bed, how we were only together for the sake of the children, and a hundred other reasons that are given to entice you and reassure you that it is you we want.

We may well have even left our partner to be with you. You triumphed. Good overcame evil as you ensured that we had the support, courage, and determination to escape their horrible treatment of us. You had us to yourself and the golden period could truly commence.

Sometime later, it might be weeks, it could be months and possibly even years, something strange happened. We went back. You were unceremoniously dropped and we returned to the arms of the ex-partner once again.

How could this be so? How could we return to someone so horrible, so abusive, so evil? How could we go back to this person about whom we told you so many stories of their abusive behavior and ugly character? How could we return after you rescued us from them?

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Hoover Tactics: Why Do Narcissists Come Back After Discard?

How could we do this after everything you have done for us? Whereas the ex was horrible, you were delightful, the ex did not care, you never stopped caring and where the ex was cruel, you were wonderful.

You helped us through the separation and you shielded us when the savage ex came after us, blaming you for breaking a happy (ha!) marriage up. You heard their protestations that you turned their partner’s head, and whispered lies about them so as to turn their partner against the ex.

You remember how astonished you were at the time that someone would have the audacity to behave in such an abusive manner and then accuse you of doing the things that they engaged in. This ex was just as we described, wasn’t she? Manipulative, vicious, and blaming everybody else but herself.

Just as we had warned you, she behaved exactly to type. She even accused us of certain things but you did not believe them because we had already forewarned you that this was something she would do.

Try to make you think that we were the abusive ones in order to deflect attention from what she was really like. How on earth could we go back to this liar, this cheat, this abuser, this evil and horrible person? It just made no sense.

In some instances, you received no answer. Our number had changed. We moved back in with this person at a place you don’t know. We blocked you on social media, those friends you thought you had made in our circles shunned you or just told you to accept that these things happen and to move on.

But you cannot. You cannot fathom why someone could do this. Firstly, why return to an abuser? Secondly, why drop someone wonderful like you who we had professed a real and perfect love for? Nothing made sense anymore.

Read: How Narcissistic Abuse Changes You

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Narcissist Hoovering After Discard: Why Do Narcissists Come Back

You might have been able to confront us to try and find out why on earth we have behaved in this way. You may have been given a sole opportunity to state your case and to find out why we have done this and left you devastated. You will have been told things such as: –

  • “I knew that I really did love them. You helped me realize that and for that, you have my gratitude.”
  • “She promised to change and I thought she deserved that chance.”
  • “I did it for the sake of the children rather than my own happiness.”
  • “We had been together for twenty years. I realized I could not do that to her.”

You will have argued against these comments. You will have tried to persuade us in order to get us back again. No doubt you said things to each of the above comments, like these: –

  • “You don’t love her. How can you love someone who has abused you for such a long time? You have done the hard bit, getting away from her. You cannot go back.”
  • “She won’t change. Why would she? You said it yourself she has promised this before and nothing has happened.”
  • “If you did the right thing for your children you would not expose them to such a toxic atmosphere as the one you described between you and her.”
  • “She has you under complete control. You don’t know anything other than her abusive ways and you have accepted them. You don’t have to do that. I can help you.”

Why Do Narcissists Come Back To Old Relationships?

Your desperate and well-intentioned pleas and reasoning failed. The reason why is because when we said each of the comments above, this is what we really meant.

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Narcissist Hoovering After Discard: When The Narcissist Comes Back
  • “I knew that I really did love her. You helped me realize that and for that, you have my gratitude.”
  • “You weren’t the fuel I thought you would be and I realized the fuel I would get from going back and hoovering my ex and seeking another chance would outweigh what you were giving me and it worked. But don’t worry. I am not going to get rid of you just yet. I have organized a wonderful triangulation for me, you, and her that will carry on through the reconciliation. It will be like we are having an affair (having an affair again). How exciting. How fuel-laden”
  • “She promised to change and I thought she deserved that chance.”
  • “I promised to change. That hoovered her back in. It always does and she fell for it and that fuel is better than yours.”
  • “I did it for the sake of the children rather than my own happiness.”
  • “I saw some cracks in the façade and realized that people actually might turn against me. I need that façade so I have to sacrifice you instead. You won’t realize this but I have told her, our families, and friends that you are a stalker and you were trying to blackmail me. They understand. The façade is intact. You are expendable.”
  • “We had been together for twenty years. I realized I could not do that to her.”
  • “I know her inside out and I know that no matter how many times I do this she will always take me back and give me powerful hoover fuel. I know I told you that you were the only one I have left her for. That wasn’t true. You are nothing special. I have done it many times before and I will do it again. I might do it again with you if you are foolish enough to give me another chance. It is all good fuel.”

If you are reeling from the stunning revelation that we have returned to the ex that was labeled as horrible and abusive. If you are unable to comprehend why we would do this, I understand. I understand that it truly makes no sense when looked at from your perspective.

Read: What is Narcissistic Abuse: 16 Signs To Identify And How To Protect

The reality is however they were never abusive. I am the abuser. I used you as I used my partner in order to get fuel. I projected my behaviors onto them and you lapped it all up, giving me positive fuel and negative fuel from her as I triangulated you with her.

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Why Do Narcissists Come Back To Old Relationships?

I may not have gone back, but the quality of the hoover fuel and the ease by which I can achieve it makes it irresistible. I will come back to you again and you will let me because you have tasted the golden period.

You still believe she is the bitch and the two of you will fight over me blaming one another rather than realize that I am to the blame. I planned it. I orchestrated it. I am the puppet master.

If you want to learn more about the narcissist hoovering and when the narcissist comes back to your life, here’s a video to help you out:

Are you in a relationship with a narcissist? Do let us know if you witness some of these hoover tactics used by them to win you back into their life even after a breakup.


Written By HG Tudor
Originally Appeared On Narcsite 
Republished with permission

Why do narcissists come back to old relationships

Narcissists try to stay in touch with their exes solely to satisfy their own needs. Narcissists come back to old relationships when they run out of narcissistic supply and require validation.

How to respond to narcissist hoovering?

When the narcissist comes back in your life, the first thing you need to do is reject all hoover tactics, establish boundaries and communicate tactfully with them.

Why does the narcissist come back?

Narcissist hoovering after discard is a common thing when they find themselves low on attention, and they consider getting attention by going back to their ex partners.

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