Written by Shahida Arabi, M.A. As an author and researcher who has corresponded with thousands of survivors of narcissistic partners, I have heard horror stories
Written by Shahida Arabi, M.A. Adult children of narcissistic parents grow up without support or empathy from their primary caregivers. This leads to a variety
I hope you learn to be enthralled by the sound of your own heartbeat. The one that reminds you that you are alive, that your
This story is brought to you by Thought Catalog and Quote Catalog. By Shahida Arabi Flowers after days of the silent treatment. Crocodile tears after weeks of brutal
Survivors may struggle with self-sabotage after experiencing a narcissist’s abusive bouts of envy, rage and verbal attacks. They may begin to fear speaking about their accomplishments or their happiness, lest they evoke their narcissist’s wrath. The cutting words of the narcissistic abuser may reverberate in their minds long after the relationship has ended, instilling in them a sense of pervasive self-doubt and worthlessness. Walking on eggshells and disowning your power, however, is no way to live. Survivors have to regain the certainty that the reason they experienced such a pathological reaction was because they were so powerful in the first place.