Signs that you have been close to a narcissistic person for too long – you have a trauma:
You feel emotionally or even physically detached from your environment, experiencing disruptions in your memory, perceptions, consciousness and sense of self
Walking on eggshells:
A common symptom of trauma is avoiding anything that represents reliving the trauma – whether it is people, places, communication or activities that – even unconsciously – pose a threat.
You become invisible:
You put aside your needs and desires, sacrificing your emotional and even your physical safety to please the abuser/avoid conflict.
You may have once been full of life, goal-driven and have had dreams for your life. Now you feel as if you are living just to fulfill the needs and agendas of another person.
You are struggling with health issues and somatic symptoms that represent your psychological turmoil. Tension, headaches, anxiety, even hormonal dysfunctions can torment you. Your body is screaming at you to do something.
You protect your abuser and even ‘gaslight’ yourself.
Rationalizing, minimizing and denying the abuse are often survival mechanisms for a victim in an abusive relationship.
These are just a few of the consequences of the trauma you get when you have been close to a narcissist. And they don’t go away just because you get away from the abuser – you still have to rebuild yourself.
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The narcissistic husband or father forces you to give up yourself, to make room for only him in your life. He will belittle you, ridicule you and scare you.
The narcissistic wife or mother manipulates you. Nothing is ever good enough for her. She will blame you for everything bad in her life.