Have you ever dealt with a full-blown narcissist in your life?
They flatter you, court you, are nice and accommodating while it serves their purpose. Once you realize that this isn’t a mutual relationship, you are stuck.
The narcissists invest just enough time, energy and money to keep you amused. They tangle carrots on sticks in front of your nose and persuade you to stay another day.
But all the while you know that they are taking advantage of you, betraying you behind your back and abusing your good will, loyalty and dedication.
Living with a narcissist as your partner, parent or in work is frustrating, exasperating and painful. It undermines your self-worth and confidence. You feel inferior, never good enough for them.
Yet, it is extremely difficult to escape their clutch and free yourself. Because they know exactly how to lure you back in.
And once you sever your relationship for good, once you choose your physical and mental health over them, their wrath can be brutal, disproportionate (sometimes with psychopathic tendencies) and unforgiving.
But why is that?
Why do narcissists act and react the way they do? What is driving them?
And why do we fall in narcissists’ traps? Why is it so difficult to escape?
But, most importantly for you: how can you protect yourself?