How to Deal with Gaslighting or Ambient Abuse: What to Say When a Narcissist Tries to Gaslight You

How to Deal with Gaslighting or Ambient Abuse: What to Say When a Narcissist Tries to Gaslight You

Are you in a relationship with someone who makes you feel crazy and “not good enough” all the time? Do you find yourself constantly shocked at the outrageously disrespectful behavior and excessive bullying of a friend, family member or co-worker? This might be gaslighting or ambient abuse, and you may be dealing with a narcissist. Narcissists and people with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) make you feel worthless and numb, and they leave you wondering if you’re even a real person sometimes. It leads to CPTSD and many other issues. More Videos on Gaslighting on this playlist:…

What is Narcissistic Personality Disorder? Top 6 FAQ

What is Narcissistic Personality Disorder? Top 6 FAQ

What are the signs of narcissism? What is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Narcissistic Personality Disorder (Disease Or Medical Condition) Plus the official DSM 5 diagnosis criteria.

A victim of narcissistic personality disorder will exhibit at least five of the following traits

1. A grandiose sense of self-importance

2. A preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

3. A belief that he or she is “special” and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)

4. A requirement for excessive admiration

5. A sense of entitlement – unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations

6. Interpersonal exploitativeness – taking advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends

7. A lack of empathy and an unwillingness to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others

8. Enviousness of others – along with the belief that others are envious of him or her

9. A tendency to arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

Source: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV

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How to Deal with Narcissists Who Gaslight, Manipulate, and Verbally Abuse You – So, you’ve figured out that you’re involved in a toxic relationship with a narcissist. And you want to know exactly what you need to look for when it comes to being relentlessly mentally and emotionally tortured by the narcissist – you need to know how to deal with gaslighting. Knowledge is power, and understanding what you’re dealing with can even the playing field when it comes to dealing with a narcissist.

Whether you’re married to a narcissist, you’re employed by one or you’re otherwise related to one, any sort of involvement with a narcissist or a person with narcissistic personality disorder can become incredibly toxic and overwhelming for the people who are in the position of being a narcissistic supply.

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Guilt Trips, NPD and Manipulation Psychology

Guilt Trips, NPD and Manipulation Psychology

Narcissists guilt trip you like crazy – and who among us hasn’t been on one of those? Only sociopaths are able NEVER to feel guilt – and for those of us who do feel it, guilt is distressing and draining.

More help with guilt trips – playlist here. 

After the devalue and discard phases, you might feel like you were the one who isn’t good enough. But still, you’re reasonably sure that something isn’t right in your relationship.

(If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent a lot of time trying to fix what’s wrong with you. And I mean EVERYTHING! I tried to become a whole different person, and it was never, ever enough. NOTHING (and no one) is ever enough for a narcissist. 

Once you’ve turned yourself inside out trying to fix every possible issue, you’re forced to look back at the narcissist.

But you might feel sorry for them, having an apparently irreversible personality disorder; maybe you feel a little guilty when you find yourself so overwhelmed by a narcissist’s manipulation and guilt-tripping that you just want to give up on the whole relationship. 

But how many times have you done or said something you regret – or been made to feel guilty when you didn’t deserve it as a direct result of a guilt trip laid on thick by a narcissist?

What is a guilt trip?

Guilt trips are a form of mental abuse that can be difficult to overcome. Guilt trips come in many forms, but all have the same purpose: to make you feel bad about yourself.

In a nutshell, it means that the narcissist wants you to feel bad, so they’ll try to make you feel guilty by telling you you’re guilty.

A guilt trip might be used to make you feel bad, but it might also be a tool to deflect from a bigger issue. 

Why do narcissists guilt trip you? 

There’s a reason why narcissists use guilt-tripping as a go-to tactic. It’s a way to make you question yourself. It can also make you not notice something else that’s going on.

If you are or were dealing with a narcissistic parent, chances are that you’re probably automatically programmed to respond to a guilt trip in a certain way that gives narcissists a bit of supply. 

You know, when you try to stay calm and hold your ground, but before you know it, they’ve gotten under your skin, and you’re acting as if you have a reason to be guilty, thereby bending to their every whim. 

And if you dare to refuse to do anything they ask, demand, or require? They’ll pull out the old guilt trip again.

For you, that feels worse than just giving them what they want. So, in the end, that’s exactly what you do – even if it means you must die inside a little each time. 

Why do the narcissist’s guilt trips work so well?

So, their logic goes like this:

  • If they make you feel bad about yourself, they can make you doubt yourself.
  • They want to make you feel like nothing is good about you and everything is your fault. 
  • If they can get you to believe that, then they control you – and guilt trips are the obvious go-to manipulation tactic. 

Think about it – if you believe you’re no good and deserve nothing and that everyone around you is disgusted by you secretly, you might doubt everything.

And while they nurture your trauma bond by offering plenty of intermittent reinforcement, you’re starting to think they’re right – and then you doubt yourself, your people, and your own perception. 

You start to ask the narcissist’s opinion about everything, whether it’s what kind of gum to buy or whether or not you should take the promotion that would force you to move across the country. And you start to, on some level, accept their opinion as your own. 

Maybe you do this because you’re afraid of how they’ll react when you disagree or even, god forbid, try to enforce your own opinion on something that shouldn’t matter. 

Or, maybe you do it because you think it’ll impress them. But either way, it only lasts for so long before something has to give.  

In any case, you’re uncomfortable without an obvious solution. What can be done about it now?

How to Deal With Guilt Trips

How do we stop them from happening or making us feel bad? And how can we use them as an opportunity to learn and grow instead of sinking into depression and self-loathing?

Narcissists and manipulators use guilt trips all the time. They’ll try to make their victims feel bad about themselves for absolutely no reason at all – except for their own enjoyment. 

So how do you deal with the narcissist’s guilt trips? You’ll first want to get a clear understanding of why they might be trying to guilt-trip you.

When someone gives you a guilt trip, remember that they are trying to manipulate your emotions to get what they want—not because they think you’ve done anything wrong or because they care about how much time you spend away from them (even if they act like they do).

Sometimes it’s just because they’re trying to get something out of you and don’t care how they do it, but that doesn’t mean ‘there isn’t anything you can do about it.

What to Say to the Narcissist

Once you’ve figured out what’s going on, then take action! If possible, try sticking up for yourself by explaining why what they’re saying isn’t true or validating your feelings about whatever situation brought them up in the first place. For example:

  • “I think what matters here is [state your reason].”
  • “I understand where you’re coming from, but I just don’t agree with this.”
  • “That wasn’t my fault, and I don’t feel guilty about it.”

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How do you abuse an empath?

How do you abuse an empath?

Maybe you were already aware of this, but there is an incredibly toxic attraction between an empath and a narcissist.

Shockingly, it’s not just the narcissist that drives the paradigm of abuse – it’s also the person the narcissist is inevitably attracted to – the empath.

An empath is someone who has “the ability to read and understand people and be in-tune with or resonate with others, voluntarily or involuntarily of one’s empath capacity.”

Since an empath actually feels the feelings of other people, they have trouble not feeling sympathy for the narcissist – even though they clearly don’t deserve it. In this video, entitled How to Abuse an Empath, I’ll fill you in on the how and the why of narcissistic abuse against empaths, as well as why they are so toxically attracted to one another. 

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