Most of us who have experienced abuse in our childhood have trouble standing up for ourselves even as adults. It feels wrong, like something you should never do.
But, did it ever cross your mind that by not defending yourself, you are validating the abuse? It gives the abuser permission to treat you however they want to.
Unfortunately with narcissists, it’s not always easy to put a stop to their evil actions. They seem to think they have the right to do anything they want to whomever they want. Even so, it’s a good idea to set some boundaries with them.
Remember, with narcissists, you can’t set boundaries like you can with normal people. Normal people will respect it when you say that something they did hurt you. They will apologize & try to make it up to you when appropriate. Narcissists are the complete opposite- they will not only refuse to apologize, but remember what you complain about to do it more often. They also may blame you for making them do that, being oversensitive or even making things up.
You have to get creative in setting boundaries with narcissists.
First, ask God for creative ideas. He will NOT disappoint you! Once, my mother told me where a former teacher of mine works. She said he asked about me & she told him I don’t work (apparently being an author isn’t a real job.. could’ve fooled me!). That made me angry, her discounting my writing yet again. In venting to God, He put an idea in my head. I made up new business cards, & when I saw this teacher with my parents a couple of weeks later, proceeded to give him one in front of my mother. The look of shock on her face was priceless! And, she couldn’t say a thing or else she would have looked bad in front of my old teacher. HA!
Secondly, always do your best to appear happy or neutral when setting a boundary. Never show your hurt or anger, as I mentioned above. Also, it flusters them when you can set a boundary cheerfully after their valiant attempt to hurt you. When they get flustered, they will stop what they are doing.
And, don’t forget- subject changes can be your friend. Rather than saying you don’t want to talk about whatever topic they are using to hurt you, change the subject. It may not always work, but it will help you sometimes. Just be sure to keep changing the topic back to what they wanted to talk about if they try to change it back.