Have you ever heard that you allowed someone to abuse you, that you gave that person your power or some similar statement that blames you for being abused?
I don’t understand why people feel the need to say such invalidating, cruel things!
While yes, you can stop some abusive actions, you can’t stop them all, especially when it comes to narcissistic abuse. It is an exceptionally complex type of abuse.
Narcissists tear down their victims, & often make them believe they are getting what they deserve or the narcissist is doing what she does for the victim’s benefit. Growing up with my narcissistic mother, she had me convinced that she was a good mother, always doing what was best for me. When her abuse hit its peak when I was 17, she said she was “exercising tough love on me in order to save me from myself.” I fought back verbally, protected myself from her physical attacks, told her she was hurting me, & more but nothing improved. In fact, things got worse. It was much the same with my ex husband. The worse our marriage got, the more I tried to please him or stop him from being so hurtful, & the worse things got. He became meaner & more degrading.
How can anyone think I allowed this, that I gave these people power over me?
Dear Reader, I’m sure your situation is much like mine. You have been a victim of narcissistic abuse, & certainly not by choice. Maybe you grew up with a narcissistic parent (or 2) or have been married to a narcissistic spouse & unable to afford to move out. You probably even tried to please your abuser but nothing helped.
These situations are terrible, but not because you did something wrong. They are terrible because the actions of narcissistic people are terrible, period. Never let someone make you feel as if you are to blame for being the victim of a narcissist. You did nothing to deserve it, it is not your fault for making the narcissist abuse you & no one can stop them from abusing. (Setting boundaries & enforcing them definitely helps a great deal, but it won’t stop them entirely.) Narcissists abuse because it makes them feel better about themselves, providing that narcissistic supply, not because it has something to do with the victim or what the victim does.