Neuroplasticity Can Help You Re-Wire Your Brain After Narcissistic Abuse

Written by Angela Atkinson

Did you know that narcissistic abuse causes your brain to literally change structure? Some people would say that means it causes brain damage. But there’s good news. You can change it back, thanks to a recently-discovered concept called neuroplasticity. By using this simple sort of “brain training,” you can overcome the effects of abuse – including panic attacks, stress, depression, fear, and more. This is science-based recovery from narcissistic abuse.

If you’re not already familiar with the concept of neuroplasticity, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about it, because these days, it just might be offering hope for survivors of narcissistic abuse in their healing.

Here is a quick introduction to neuroplasticity that can help you understand more about how this works.

What is neuroplasticity? 

Neuroplasticity, according to a 2017 report, is “the remarkable ability of the brain to reorganize itself in response to various sensory experiences.” In layman’s terms, it means that our brains can sort of “rewire themselves” by forming new neural connections throughout life. This means that the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain can compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.

Do adults still have neuroplastic brains? 

The general belief used to be that after a certain age, the brain was pretty much sort of “set” in its ways. But relatively recent research seems to confirm that adults are also known to have neuroplastic brains, and researchers say this is good news for anyone who wants to create change in their lives. This article offers a thorough explanation of this concept and the science behind it.

If you want to dig into the science a little deeper, check out these resources too.

Tapping Into Your Bran’s Neuroplasticity for Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

What does neuroplasticity have to do with narcissistic abuse recovery?

For the purposes of recovering from narcissistic abuse, adult neuroplasticity offers us something kind of amazing. Because we can intentionally control this process if we choose to do so, we can intentionally choose exactly what we want to change, at least up to a point, and we can do so at will. Oh yes! In other words, if you want to change the way your brain is working after the trauma of a toxic relationship, you can. You just have to tap into your brain’s natural ability to change – its neuroplasticity.

This video offers a bit more information on how, through mindfulness and intention, we can intentionally create positive change in our lives by taking advantage of our brain’s neuroplasticity. 

Mindfulness Helps Create Positive Change in Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

One point that I cannot stress enough here is that through the intentional practice of simple mindfulness techniques, you can begin to create actual change in your life.

What is Mindfulness? 

Mindfulness is often used in both narcissistic abuse recovery as well as every day life, For the purposes of recovery, we use mindfulness to help us to intentionally focus on what is happening in any given moment. Even better, there are no special skills required – in fact, anyone can develop and use mindfulness to their advantage through the practice of meditation and through other training, such as the Intentional Vibration Management technique I teach.

What is Intentional Vibration Management?

Intentional vibration management is similar to mindfulness but it involves constantly being aware of your thoughts and emotions and choosing to intentionally form and experience both. In my experience, it can be used as part of a larger narcissistic abuse recovery program as a healthy way for survivors to take back control of their emotions, minds, experiences, and lives.

This video offers insight into intentional vibration management.

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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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