We want the people we care about to care about us, to take our feelings seriously and to pay attention to us. In good relationships that’s mutual. However, narcissists only care about their feelings, wants, desires, hopes, hurts and pains. Their concerns matter; no one else’s do unless it impacts them. Other people’s feelings aren’t important.
Narcissists’ needs and feelings drive their lives.
They’re blown by the winds of their feelings; especially those that stroke their egos and self-images. If they feel something, everyone must revolve around that feeling. We’re all servants and slaves to their feelings.
If you live or lived with one, if you work or worked with one, you know the feeling you get. It’s as if the narcissist is using all the air in the room. We don’t get any air to breathe unless they dole out a little as a reward for our subservient behavior.
They batter (physically, verbally and emotionally), bully and abuse everyone in the line of their fire. Or they’re sneaky, manipulative and backstabbing – using our desire to be nice or our self-analysis, self-doubt and guilt. Mostly, they want us to engage with them – if they can’t beat or charm us into submission, they’ll settle for our paying complete attention to them; they’ll settle for endless arguing and debating as long as we’re focused on them.
Get narcissists out of your space.
Of course, if that narcissist is merely a distant friend or first date, it’s easy. But we still can do it after years of intimacy or if the narcissist is a toxic parent or toxic adult child. The goal is clear; the “how-to” may take more planning and effort.
Of course, there are many complications depending on your situation. The best way to learn how to take power in your life and to be the person you want to be is to hire Dr. Ben for personalized coaching and counseling so you can:
- Develop the strength, courage, will and determination to be and to act your best resolutely, diligently and effectively.
- Develop a plan and master the skills necessary to create the life your spirit has always hungered for.
Since all tactics depend on the situation, call me at 1-877-8Bullies for expert counseling and coaching by phone or Skype.