Opinion: Recover from a narcissistic relationship

Mark Randall Havens

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Narcissistic relationships can be very damaging to the victims. The person in this kind of relationship may manipulate you and take control of your life. Moreover, these relationships may cost you your self-esteem, material belongings, and relationships with friends. It's important to know how to recover from a narcissistic relationship.

The first step is to understand why you're leaving the relationship. Write down your reasons for leaving the relationship and set clear boundaries. You can also talk it out with your partner or therapist. This can help you sort through your confusion. Besides, writing down your thoughts can help you stop forgetting the negative interactions.

Once you're ready to move on, remember that you're not the narcissist. While it's hard to let go of the relationship, you shouldn't allow yourself to blame yourself for the problems that have arisen. Remember that you're worthy of love.

Narcissists seek to make you feel bad. To recover from a narcissist, make sure you share your problems with trustworthy people who will not label you negatively. It's also important not to label or name-call the narcissist.

You should also recognize the signs of a narcissistic personality disorder and know how to spot a narcissist. Narcissists often exhibit traits such as lying, gaslighting, and Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde. These behaviors are all signs that a narcissist is a dangerous person who can deceive and manipulate people.

Often, a narcissist will use the victim's love to manipulate them into doing something wrong. This is called a "trauma bond" and it can become very addictive. When this happens, the victim will feel the need to act out.

The abuser will gradually undermine the victim's self-confidence. He or she will constantly make them doubt their own identity and abilities and will compare them to others to gain power. A narcissist can even engage in financial abuse. So if you've been in a narcissistic relationship, you should know that you can recover.

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Mark Havens is a serial entrepreneur and writer with a Master of Science in Management and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He is the founder of the Dallas Maker Community, Dallas Makerspace and the Director of COPARENT. A cult and abuse survivor, Havens uses his personal journey and technical expertise to explore relationships, mind control, and healing in his writing, inspiring others to find their own voice. Recognized for his work in the maker community, Havens received a Ph.D. fellowship from the University of Texas at Arlington and resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex with his mother and two children.

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