Narcissistic emotional abuse: what it is and what to do

Narcissistic emotional abuse is a type of emotional abuse carried out by a person with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. This type of subjects (who can be men or women) feel a great need for admiration and lack empathy.

The word “narcissist” is used on a daily basis to refer to someone self-centered, obsessed with his own person, to whom he worships and all this at the expense of other people, when this happens, it is known as “narcissistic emotional abuse ยป.

Narcissists are manipulators and have a whole arsenal of manipulative tactics, such as isolating their victims from friends and family. They also often try to make their victims feel that they are mediocre or make them complicit in the abuse of others.

Narcissistic abuse takes verbal and emotional form, and many of the victims take time to realize that they are at the mercy of such an abuser. However, overcoming narcissistic abuse is not impossible if you have the right help from specialists in the field.

Common Characteristics of an Abusive Narcissist

  • They perceive themselves as special and important individuals.
  • They need admiration from others.
  • They lack empathy and consideration towards other people, their emotions, feelings and needs.
  • They have a sense of infallibility and authority.
  • They feel the need to control and exploit others.

Narcissistic Emotional Abuse

Narcissistic emotional abuse not only occurs within the partner or family environment, it can also occur in work, educational spaces and in various social situations.

Narcissists, in addition to the signs that we have mentioned above, also tend to show envy towards others.

Statistics show that a narcissistic person can be male or female, but men are diagnosed with this disorder more often than women.

The way in which the abuse manifests itself can vary, depending on the sex of the abuser and other characteristics of his personality, relationship, job title and actual level of power and influence over the victim.

Narcissistic emotional abuse in the couple

Research conducted in 2019 found that in a romantic relationship, this type of abuse typically begins slowly after the intense emotional phase typical of beginning a relationship.

The abuser initially comes across as a normal person in every way: loving, kind, generous, and caring. Make the other person feel loved by using kind words, displays of affection, and dazzling gifts, for example.

After this stage, subtle displays of contempt begin, such as ignoring the other person, cutting off communication (the law of ice) or questioning their mental health.

This type of emotional abuse is usually subtle. The victim usually does not understand what is happening and only feels a state of confusion, discomfort and shame for “their mistakes”.

It doesn’t take long for victims of narcissistic abuse to develop signs of anxiety and depression. In some cases they somatize this and suffer from health problems such as migraines or headaches, permanent fatigue, insomnia, lack or excess of appetite and other more serious conditions such as addictions.

Consultation, evaluation and treatment

In Psychopsychics, during the consultation with Rony Begood, a specialist highly trained to solve this kind of problem, techniques are used that include:

  • Self-knowledge
  • Recognizing the thought pattern of the disorder (psychopath/narcissist)
  • Help to break cognitive dissonance.

A great advantage of PsicoPsiquis is that they do 100% online sessions with fully personalized guidance and counseling.

To learn a little more about Rony’s approach, you can also follow the PsicoPsiquis channel on YouTube.

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