Tom said about his narcissistic, toxic parents the same thing Tracy said about her bullying, narcissistic adult son, “How can they not care how I feel or what I want? Look at all I’ve done for them. I don’t believe they don’t care.”
Bullying, toxic, narcissists don’t care about us.
They have totally different standards, values and wants from us. They have totally different rules. They want what they want so much they’re willing to beat or manipulate us or even act nice temporarily to get what they want.
What we’ve given them in the past, our feelings or desires, our rules of honesty and fair play don’t matter to them. The only thing that matters to them is what they want and they’ll use any tactic to get it. And once they get it, they move on to the next thing they want. We’re only used to give them what they want; we’re slaves.
Our power over our own thoughts, feelings and actions is the only thing that stops them.
Accepting that is the key to taking charge of our lives.
The people who call me for coaching were not bad parents. They were fine. They shouldn’t accept blame or guilt for these toxic, narcissists’ feelings or for not giving them what they want.
There was nothing Tom or Tracy could do to satisfy their oppressors. The demands would be endless. The problems were not them, the problems were his parents and her son. Changing them was impossible; Tom and Tracy couldn’t perform miracles. Changing them was above their job descriptions.
Once Tom and Tracy accepted that, which they knew in their hearts but didn’t want to admit, they could acknowledge years of bullying treatment. They could see the patterns. Simple and clear; just not easy to accept.
Now they could decide how to live the rest of their lives.
Tom could decide if he wanted to serve his parents until they died; knowing he’d be bullied, whipped and bled dry the whole time. Tracy could decide whether she’d accept guilt and be scourged all the rest of her life in order to see her granddaughter. She also knew, no matter what she did, her granddaughter would be raised to hate her and to try to use her like her son did.
Or they could decide, seeing the future more clearly, if they wanted to demand good behavior from their masters as the price for letting their predators into their worlds.
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.