Narcissistic abuse is a form of emotional manipulation that can be difficult to identify and address. It involves persistent verbal, psychological, or physical abuse from someone who has an inflated sense of their own importance. This type of abuse can be particularly damaging because it often goes unnoticed or unrecognized until it is too late. If you think you may be in a relationship with a narcissist, it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of narcissistic abuse and trauma so that you can take steps to protect yourself.
Narcissistic abuse is the use of emotional manipulation tactics by someone with a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). This type of person typically exhibits grandiose behavior, exaggerates their achievements, and seeks attention from others. They believe they are superior to others and expect special treatment as a result. In a relationship, this behavior often manifests itself as controlling or manipulative behaviors designed to maintain power over their partner—often without the victim even realizing it.
There are many signs and symptoms associated with narcissistic abuse, such as gaslighting (when someone tries to make you doubt your own memories or perceptions), guilt-tripping (creating an atmosphere in which you feel guilty for expressing certain opinions), and projection (accusing you of doing something that they are actually doing). Other common signs include denying responsibility for their actions, blaming others for their problems, making excuses for why they cannot meet your needs, and using silent treatments or other forms of punishment when they don’t get what they want.
The effects of narcissistic abuse can be long-lasting for victims. People who have experienced narcissistic abuse may suffer from depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse issues, suicidal ideation, physical health problems such as headaches or digestive issues, difficulty trusting people in authority positions or people in general due to the damage done by the abuser. If you think you may be experiencing any of these issues due to narcissistic abuse or trauma contact Orlando Thrive Therapy today!
Recognizing narcissistic abuse is difficult but necessary if we are going to protect ourselves from further harm. It is important to know the signs and symptoms associated with this type of abusive behavior so that we can recognize them when they occur and take steps towards getting help if needed. If you think that you may be suffering from the effects of narcissistic abuse or trauma contact Orlando Thrive Therapy today for help! Their team is ready to assist you on your journey towards healing and recovery so don't wait any longer - get the help that you deserve now!
Heather Oller is the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at 407-592-8997 for more information.