If you’ve recently ended a toxic relationship with someone with narcissistic traits, you’re likely dealing with plenty of hurt and confusion. Even when you know, deep down, that you weren’t to blame, believing this is often another story entirely.
Wondering what you could have done differently to prevent abuse or help your loved one address their issues can add to your emotional turmoil. Toxic relationships also share some similarities with addiction, explains Ellen Biros, a therapist in Suwanee, Georgia, who specializes in helping people recover from abusive relationships.
“The relationship is intoxicating. There is intermittent reinforcement, and there is a great deal of shame and guilt about the relationship,” Biros says. These factors can come into play as you try to recover.
You know the relationship wasn’t healthy. You’re aware they mistreated you. But you still can’t shake your memories of how you felt at the beginning and the good times you had. These memories might lead you to crave their company and feel like you’d do anything to earn their love and approval again. Abuse is often deeply traumatizing, and the healing process can take some time.
With all that said, today I’m going to share with you my top 10 ways on How To Mentally Recover from Narcissistic Abuse. Let’s get started!
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