“No Contact doesn’t mean No Contact except for x, y and z. By No Contact, I mean NO — zero, nada, zilch — Contact. To use Freshmen Orientation parlance: No means no.” ~Shrink4Men.com
So, you’re considering going “no contact” with your narcissist. Congrats, you’re on your way to finally taking back your life. Are you ready to leave? Have you already left, or are you still trying to decide what to do?
In any case, you need to know something important: it’s not your fault that you feel so drawn to your abuser.
Why do you still want your narcissist when he is or was so terrible to you?
Why is is SO HARD to go no-contact?
Since you’re here, reading this information, chances are that you’ve already figured out that you’re in a relationship with a toxic narcissist, and that you at least need to consider going the “no contact” route, if you ever want to be happy again.
But, as I’m assuming you know, that’s a whole lot easier said than done, especially when the person in question is a close friend, family member or significant other.
In case you’re not aware of what “no-contact” means in reference to narcissistic relationships, let’s start by defining it.
The No Contact Rule, Defined
Simply put, the “no contact” rule is enacted when you end ALL contact with toxic narcissist. This includes, but isn’t limited to the following.
- Stop taking the narcissist’s phone calls.
- Block him/her on all social media networks.
- Do not schedule or encourage visits with the narcissist.
- Stop seeing, speaking to or in any way interacting with him/her.
It’s not rocket science, right? Then why is it so difficult to enact and then to stick to the no contact rule?
Toxic Love Addiction: The Main Reason Why Going No Contact is So Hard
Logically, you know you shouldn’t do things that are bad for you – like drugs. And toxic people who are bad for our lives – we all know we need to get/stay away. It’s just not always so easy.
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Romantic love actually stimulates the same area of the brain as addiction.
According to scientists, we’re biologically related to behave that way. There’s an evolutionary spin here – the loss of a potential baby-making mate would be bad for us as a species. On top of that, humans are hard-wired to develop bonds to other humans – another survival urge.
Add together your biological need to bond and the need to keep your mate (or to feel great distress in the loss of him/her), and what do you have?
It affects you like a drug, your relationship with this toxic person. And when you’re not getting the sweet poison, you might just miss it. A lot like a crack addict might miss his fix.
WOW – amazing, right? I thought so. Learn more about narcissism and get support at this resources page.
Let’s discuss it! Shocked? I sorta am. What do you think about this? Can you see how your narcissist might feel like a drug to your brain? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section.
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 QueenBeeing.com 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 at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.