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What is Narcissistic Abuse?

Narcissistic abuse is a type of emotional and psychological abuse that is often used by individuals with narcissistic personality disorder. It is a devastating form of abuse that can leave its victims feeling confused, helpless, and traumatized.


Narcissistic abuse involves a pattern of behaviour that is designed to control and manipulate the victim. The abuser may use a variety of tactics, including gaslighting, manipulation, verbal abuse, and emotional blackmail, to maintain power and control over their victim.


One of the most insidious aspects of narcissistic abuse is that it can be difficult to recognize. The abuser may appear charming and persuasive to outsiders, while their victim may be left feeling isolated and unsupported. In some cases, the victim may even begin to question their own sanity, as the abuser may use gaslighting tactics to make them doubt their own perceptions and memories.


Narcissistic abuse can have a profound impact on the victim's mental and emotional wellbeing. Victims may experience depression, anxiety, and PTSD as a result of the abuse. They may also struggle to trust others or to form meaningful relationships, and may have difficulty setting healthy boundaries.


If you or someone you know is experiencing narcissistic abuse, it is important to seek out support and resources. Therapy can be an effective tool for healing from the trauma of narcissistic abuse, as can support groups and other forms of community support.


It is also important to recognize that narcissistic abuse is never the victim's fault. The abuser is solely responsible for their actions, and the victim deserves to be treated with respect, compassion, and understanding. By speaking out about narcissistic abuse and working to raise awareness of this insidious form of abuse, we can help to support those who have been impacted by it and work towards a world where abuse of any kind is not tolerated.

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