Living With a Narcissist


Are You Living with a Narcissist? Here’s How To Protect Your Emotional Well-Being.
Living with a narcissist can be emotionally challenging and draining. Here are some strategies to help protect your emotional well-being in such a situation.

  1. Set Boundaries.

 Establish clear boundaries with the narcissist regarding what behaviours are acceptable and unacceptable. Stick to these boundaries consistently, even if the narcissist tries to push against them.

  1. Practise Self-Care.

 Take care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally. Engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation, such as hobbies, exercise, meditation, or spending time with supportive friends and family.

  1. Seek Support.

 Reach out to trusted friends, family members, a Coach or a Therapist who can provide validation, understanding, and support. It’s important to have a supportive network to turn to when dealing with difficult situations.

  1. Educate Yourself.

 Learn about narcissistic behaviour and manipulation tactics. Understanding the dynamics at play can help you navigate interactions with the narcissist more effectively and protect yourself from manipulation.

  1. Avoid Engaging in Power Struggles.

 Narcissists thrive on conflict and power struggles. Refrain from getting drawn into arguments or trying to change the narcissist’s behaviour. Instead, focus on maintaining your own well-being.

  1. Practise Assertiveness.

 Assertiveness involves expressing your needs, thoughts, and feelings in a clear and respectful manner. Practise assertive communication techniques to assert your boundaries and stand up for yourself when necessary.

  1. Focus on What You Can Control.

 Accept that you cannot change the narcissist or their behaviour. Instead, focus on what you can control, such as your own reactions and responses to the situation.

  1. Develop an Exit Plan.

 If the relationship becomes toxic or harmful to your well-being, consider developing an exit plan. This could involve seeking support from professionals, making financial arrangements, and establishing a safe place to go if needed.

9. Practise Detachment.

Emotional detachment involves maintaining a sense of emotional distance from the narcissist’s behaviour. Remind yourself that their actions are a reflection of their own issues and not a reflection of your worth or value as a person.

10. Seek Professional Help.

 If you’re struggling to cope with living with a narcissist, consider seeking therapy, counselling or coaching. A mental health professional can provide guidance, support, and strategies to help you navigate the situation and protect your emotional well-being.

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 Stay safe!

Dr Grace Anderson.