Narcissists and Empaths

Written by Angela Atkinson

Narcissists and Empaths – It’s so much more than codependency when it comes to a relationship with a narcissist and an empath. It’s beyond psychology and invalidation – it’s deep. In this video, I’ll fill you in.

Why are narcissists and empaths so often connected?

Important Point: Not all empaths are codependents, but many codependents also identify as empaths. With that being said, the empaths referred to in this article are those who are also codependent.

Codependents and narcissists seem to be inevitably connected. In fact, the same chemical processes that produce narcissists also produce their victims on so many levels. Both conditions are often a result of a person not being loved enough as a child by their caregiver, according to attachment theory (and Ross Rosenberg’s Self-Love Deficit Disorder).

What happens in a relationship with a narcissist and an empath?

A narcissist in a relationship with an empath is like lighting two fuses in a row. The narcissist explodes the empath’s emotional intelligence (EQ), over and over again, with their ridiculous demands, impossible expectations, and constant emotional manipulation. After years of constant communication breakdowns, the empath’s communication skills are almost nonexistent. This leaves the empath feeling like a shell of their former self and like they cannot even function on a normal human level.

Why is it so hard for an empath to leave a relationship with a narcissist? 

If you’re thinking about leaving a relationship with a narcissist – it’s probably because you feel overwhelmed and exhausted by them – and suffer from their constant invalidation – or their obscuring reality – or even worse – your emotions are buried by them – but this is what an empath may feel if they are in a relationship with a narcissist. Trauma bonding is the factor that makes it so difficult for an empath to leave a narcissist.

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  • Angela Atkinson

    Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own. Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves. Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse here at and at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.

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