Many people who have lived with or been in a relationship with a narcissist find themselves emotionally drained and confused. They become confused about how to feel or how to respond to the narcissist’s demands, incongruences, bullying and his/her need for constant attention and approval. The narcissistic person demonstrates a pattern of ongoing relentless manipulation for the sheer enjoyment of seeing or hearing a reaction. Ignoring them deflates them.
‘The narcissist makes decisions for others to suit his/her own needs. The narcissist may use his or her romantic partner, child, friend, or colleague to meet unreasonable self-serving needs, fulfill unrealized dreams, or cover up self-perceived inadequacies and flaws. Click on “How to Successfully Handle Narcissists” for more information.
Therapy can help you to set ground rules and stick to them. You must develop a way to calm down and react in a consistent manner to the narcissist. Learning to take control by walking away decreases his/her power over you while maintaining your sense of self.
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