• Recognize the signs of covert narcissism, such as manipulation and gaslighting.
Are you constantly feeling like something is off in your relationship? Do they make you feel crazy for questioning their behavior? If so, it’s possible that your partner may be a covert narcissist. Look out for red flags like manipulative tactics and gaslighting.
• Understand that leaving a covert narcissist may not be easy due to their ability to charm and manipulate others.
Leaving a covert narcissist can feel like breaking up with several different people at once because they have so many personalities! They’re skilled at charming everyone around them, which makes it hard for outsiders to see how toxic the situation really is.
• Seek support from trusted friends or family members who understand the situation.
You know those friends who always seem to know what’s going on before anyone else does? Those are the ones you want in your corner when dealing with a covert narcissist. You need someone who understands exactly what you’re going through and won’t judge you for making tough decisions.
• Consider seeking therapy to help process emotions and develop coping strategies.
Sometimes talking things out with an impartial party (who also happens to have some serious credentials) can do wonders for our mental health. A therapist can help us work through complex feelings associated with leaving a narc while also providing practical tips on how best to cope during this time.
• Create a plan for leaving, including finding a safe place to stay if necessary and gathering important documents.
When planning your exit strategy, think about all aspects of safety – physical AND emotional. Make sure there’s somewhere secure where you can go if needed; gather any important paperwork beforehand (like passports); let trusted individuals know what’s happening so they can offer assistance/keep an eye out.
• Set boundaries with the narcissist, such as limiting communication or cutting off contact entirely if needed.
Boundaries are key when it comes to dealing with a covert narcissist. If you’re not comfortable cutting off contact entirely, try limiting communication to only necessary topics (like sorting out logistics of shared assets). Remember: your mental health comes first.
• Be prepared for potential backlash from the narcissist, including attempts at guilt-tripping or retaliation.
Leaving a narc can sometimes feel like declaring war – they’ll do whatever it takes to make you doubt yourself and come back under their control. Stay strong and remember that any negative behavior on their part is NOT your fault!
• Remember that healing takes time and self-care is essential during this process.
Recovering from a toxic relationship isn’t something that happens overnight; it’s more like peeling an onion layer by stinky layer. Take care of yourself by doing things you enjoy, practicing mindfulness techniques, seeking professional help if needed…whatever makes YOU happy!
• It is important to trust your instincts and prioritize your own well-being when leaving a covert narcissist.
Your gut knows what’s up even before our brains catch up sometimes. Trust those feelings telling you something isn’t right in the relationship; put YOURSELF first.
• Keep in mind that the narcissist may try to make you feel guilty or responsible for their behavior, but it is not your fault.
Narcs are pros at playing the blame game – don’t fall into their trap! They might say stuff like “you made me act this way” or “I wouldn’t have done xyz if only…” Don’t believe them! You didn’t cause them to be abusive/controlling/manipulative/etc.
• Consider seeking legal advice if necessary, especially if there are shared assets or children involved.
If there are financial/legal ties between you two (or kids), consider consulting with an attorney who specializes in these types of cases. This will ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible while also protecting YOUR interests.
• Prepare yourself emotionally for the possibility of feeling lonely or isolated after leaving the relationship.
Breaking up with a narc can sometimes feel like breaking up with an entire friend group. It’s not uncommon to feel lonely and isolated afterwards, but remember that this is temporary! Reach out to old friends you may have lost touch with; join a new club/group/hobby.
• Take steps to rebuild self-esteem and confidence that may have been damaged during the relationship with the covert narcissist.
Narcs are experts at tearing down our sense of self-worth – it’s their bread and butter. But don’t worry, there ARE ways to build yourself back up again! Try affirmations (even if they feel silly), surround yourself with positive people who lift you up, take care of your body by eating well/exercising/sleeping enough.
• Remember that recovery from this type of abuse can be a long process, but it is possible with time and support.
Healing takes time…and patience…and more time…but trust us when we say: IT’S WORTH IT. You deserve happiness in all aspects of your life – romantic relationships included! Stay strong, stay safe, reach out for help when needed.