• Narcissists may leave a relationship temporarily but often return when they need validation or attention.
– It’s like that ex who keeps sliding into your DMs every time they’re feeling lonely. A narcissist will come back to you as soon as their ego needs some stroking. But don’t be fooled, it won’t last forever.
• If a narcissist feels threatened, criticized, or rejected, they are more likely to leave for good.
– Just like how vampires run away from garlic and sunlight, narcissists can’t handle criticism or rejection. They’ll turn tail and run faster than Usain Bolt if you dare question them.
• A narcissist will only stay in a relationship if it benefits them and meets their needs.
– You know those people who only show up at parties when there’s free food? That’s basically what being in a relationship with a narcissist is like. As long as the supply of compliments and admiration doesn’t dry up, they’ll stick around.
• Leaving a narcissist can be difficult because of the emotional manipulation and gaslighting that occurs during the breakup process.
– Breaking up with someone is hard enough without having to deal with manipulative mind games on top of it all. It’s like trying to navigate through an obstacle course blindfolded while wearing roller skates.
• The decision to leave a narcissist should be made carefully and with support from friends, family, or professionals.
– Making any big life decision alone is tough – let alone one involving leaving an emotionally abusive partner! So call up your squad (or hire yourself an army of therapists) before making any moves.
• Once someone has left a narcissistic partner, it is important to maintain no contact as much as possible to avoid being pulled back into the cycle of abuse.
– Think about it this way: would you keep eating ice cream even though you knew it was giving you brain freeze? No! So don’t go back to your ex who’s only going to give you emotional brain freeze.
• A narcissist may leave for good if they find a new source of supply that meets their needs better than the current partner.
– It’s like when someone upgrades from an iPhone 6 to an iPhone X – suddenly, everything is so much shinier and more exciting. If a narcissist finds someone else who can stroke their ego even better than you could, they’ll be outta there faster than you can say “narcissistic discard”.
• If a narcissist feels like they are losing control over their partner or the relationship, they may choose to leave for good rather than face rejection.
– Narcissists love being in control (almost as much as cats love knocking things off tables). So if it looks like their power is slipping away, they’ll bail before anyone has a chance to reject them first.
• Narcissists often struggle with commitment and have difficulty maintaining long-term relationships, which can lead them to leave multiple partners for good throughout their lives.
– Commitment issues? Check. Short attention span? Check. Inability to maintain healthy relationships? Triple check. Sounds like every frat boy ever…and also every narcissist!
• In some cases, a narcissistic partner may threaten to leave as a way to manipulate and control their partner’s behavior or emotions.
– Ah yes, the classic ultimatum: do what I want or I’m leaving forever! It’s basically just another form of hostage-taking but with less duct tape involved.
• Leaving a narcissist is an important step towards healing from emotional abuse but it does not necessarily guarantee complete freedom from the effects of trauma.
– Leaving isn’t always enough – sometimes we need therapy too! Just because you’re no longer in contact with your ex doesn’t mean all those scars have magically disappeared.