One thing so many of us subjected to narcissistic abuse want more than anything is validation. We’ve been ignored & invalidated so long, we’re starving for validation. It’s very normal to feel that way. Unfortunately, it also can be very hard to come by!
Many people don’t want to hear our stories, because they say it’s “too negative”, they don’t believe us (in all fairness, the things narcissists do sound so crazy it can be hard to believe), maybe they don’t believe narcissism is a real thing or that it’s so incredibly commonplace, or maybe they know the narcissist & don’t believe that person to be capable of doing the things you say she/he did to you. It can be super frustrating because we aren’t making this stuff up (honestly.. who really is that creative?!) & we’re so starved for validation
Then there is the narcissist. We would love validation from her. How many of us wouldn’t be thrilled if one day that person admitted the things they had done to us, & begged for our forgiveness? That would be the ultimate validation. It’s also a false hope that keeps us in relationship with narcissists for well beyond a time that we should be.
This need for validation, while normal, also can prove to be a problem.
Dear Reader, while validation from outside sources is a wonderful thing to have, you need to understand that some people simply will NOT give it to you, no matter what. I know that is painful, & I’m sorry, but it’s true. It’s something you need to accept. You can’t make someone believe you or show you empathy because of what you have experienced.
Some time ago, I had a strange dream. In it, my car was nose to nose with a much smaller car in a parking lot. I was maybe 50′ or so away. Suddenly, the little sedan backed up & rammed into the front of my car, then backed up & did it again over & over. I was panicked- I love my car & ain’t no one messing with her, even in a dream! As I ran towards the cars, I realized the smaller car was shrinking- every time it hit my car, my car was fine, but the small car’s front end was becoming more smushed in. It leaked fluids & smoked like crazy. I stopped running & stared at this scene in shock & with some amusement. Then I woke up. Before I could even ask God what this dream meant, He told me. It had a two-fold meaning:
- Narcissists & flying monkeys are like that sedan. They are so determined to make their point known, they don’t care if they destroy themselves. Stand strong on the truth & what I know, & like my car, I’ll be just fine while they destroy themselves.
- Don’t be like the sedan. Some people won’t want to know what I’ve been through & I can’t make them care no matter what. Don’t try to force them to change their views- it’ll hurt me way more than it’ll ever hurt them.
I think this can be a very good lesson for you too, Dear Reader. Don’t be like the sedan! Don’t try to force people to validate your pain if they don’t want to.
Instead, learn to validate your own pain. Talk to God, journal, talk to supportive friends or a counselor, & accept the fact not everyone can validate your pain. It’s hard, but you can do this! And, not validating you is their right, after all. No one is obligated to do so. Some people simply aren’t very caring or empathetic. The invalidating people do one thing good though- they make you appreciate the kind, caring ones who do offer validation even more.