“I used my desires for sex, alcohol and pleasure to get my basic instincts met to dominate and control. “Find, Feel, F…k, Forget” (Secrets of a Narcissist).
Narcissists are people who have no capacity to empathize and cannot feel your pain. They don’t care about the damage inflicted by their ruthless negligence and are clearly sadistic in their emotional abandonment of partners. Narcissists break hearts and humiliate partners to feel all powerful or punish for not getting the attention he or she craves. Uninterested in experiencing an intimate connection, many narcissists lead hidden sexual lives compulsively watching pornography, masturbating, having affairs and/or visiting prostitutes.
Narcissists draw hostages to them that are fearful of rejection and suffer with unhealed pain in childhood. A certain vulnerability or “woundedness” is appealing to them. Particularly vulnerable are those with absent fathers, angry mothers, or a history of abusive partners. Narcissists are selective vampires with a psychic knowing of what emotional vulnerabilities to prey on, exploit, devour or destroy. They look for naïve people and will present themselves as a person of honor and virtue.
A person who was physically or emotionally abandoned by a parent or caregiver may struggle with loss throughout life and not develop healthy self-esteem. Experiences of abandonment growing up often contribute to feelings of worthlessness as well as a distorted view of how to care appropriately for one self in relationships. Children who experience chronic loss without parental protection internalize incredible fear and believe they are not important or of little value. As adults with low self-esteem they often seek narcissistically unavailable partners and friends. Additionally, rejection fears can impair a person’s ability to trust others and may cause anxiety, depression, and codependency. Codependency is the inability to leave a chronically abusive relationship behind, whether that relationship is ongoing or past. The codependent is a perfect match for the narcissistic relationship.
Abandonment, physical or mental, is very cruel and a plain act of insensitivity. A narcissist can be physically present during conflict yet emotionally disappear in front of your eyes. They will not talk about problems and will isolate themselves. Refusing to acknowledge the emotional distance with resounding silence can drive you crazy. Narcissistic vampires will continue to stick around aloof and cold until they suck the life out of you. The emotional and mental violence is excruciating. They perceive confrontation, disagreements, needs, respect for your boundaries, or being ignored as threats. This pattern of emotional neglect destroys any chance of happiness and is traumatic. As you get to know him better and begin to withdraw sexually and emotionally for protection the psychic vampire senses this change. He disengages abruptly to maintain control of the abandonment and might start looking for a replacement relationship. The interpretation of events becomes a mixture of lies, distortions, half-truths, and bizarre accusations to make him look like the mistreated. He becomes a saintly hero and his partner the abuser. The narcissist controls the whole show and becomes defensive and resistant. He is at risk of becoming enraged and suicidally despondent when you finally walk away from the insanity. No contact or ignoring a narcissist is the final torture.
Healing from abandonment takes time as you go toward it in stages of denial, anger, negotiating, and sadness. The only way to get through your pain is to go through it. Getting support from a healing professional is a good choice. You can choose the direction of your new life. By pursuing direction and happiness you begin the healing process. Above all, choose to be kind to yourself; leave behind crisis and chaos. Develop self-compassion; it is a necessary step towards removing yourself as a victim.
Thank you for reading my post. I’ve dedicated my personal and professional life to the importance of non-violence and self-compassion by teaching from my experience. As a result, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes put an end to relationship abuse. And, as I learn and grow, I teach self-compassion and give advice I use myself, in the hopes that it helps you to improve your own life.