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Moving on From Someone with a Narcissistic Personality

Moving on From Someone with a Narcissistic Personality

Posted by Jay Suthers on Jun 7th, 2024

Finding Your Calm After the Storm: Reclaiming Inner Peace After Detaching from a Narcissist

Detaching from a narcissist can feel like an emotional earthquake. The manipulation, negativity, and constant drama they create leave you drained and questioning yourself. But the good news is, inner peace is absolutely attainable after surviving this experience. Here's how you can begin to heal and rebuild your sense of calm:

1. Acknowledge Your Emotions:
Don't bottle up your feelings. Allow yourself to feel the anger, hurt, and confusion. Write in a journal, talk to a trusted friend or therapist, or find a creative outlet to express your emotions.

2. Validate Your Worth:
Narcissists are masters of making you feel worthless or feeling self-doubt. Regain your sense of self-worth by reflecting on your strengths, accomplishments, and the positive qualities you bring to the world.

3. Practice Self-Care: Now, more than ever, you need to prioritize your well-being. Get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly. Relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga can also be incredibly helpful.

4. Establish Healthy Boundaries:
Narcissists thrive on pushing boundaries. Set clear and firm boundaries in all your relationships, and don't be afraid to say no. This includes maintaining no contact with the narcissist if possible.

5. Forgive Yourself:
You may feel regret or blame yourself for the narcissist's behavior. Remember, you were targeted and manipulated. Forgive yourself for trusting someone who didn't deserve it.

6. Focus on the Positive: Narcissists can make you lose sight of the good things in life. Make a conscious effort to focus on the positive aspects of your life, like supportive friends, hobbies you enjoy, or small moments of happiness.

7. Reconnect with Yourself:
Detachment can leave you feeling lost. Reconnect with yourself by rediscovering your passions and interests. Take a class, spend time in nature, or pursue an old hobby.

8. Build a Support System:
Surround yourself with positive and supportive people who validate your feelings and uplift you. Consider joining a support group for survivors of narcissistic abuse.

9. Celebrate Your Progress:
Healing is a journey, not a destination. Celebrate your small victories, no matter how big or small. Be proud of yourself for detaching from the narcissist and taking steps towards your well-being.

Remember, detaching from a narcissist is a courageous act. By prioritizing your healing and focusing on self-care, you can reclaim your inner peace and rebuild a life that is healthy, fulfilling, and free from negativity.

Understanding Narcissism

There are several therapists who present videos on narcissism on YouTube. The following link is a good description of the 10 characteristics and Dr. Fox presents them in a way that is understandable and clear:

10 Things to Identify Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)

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