Those of us who have suffered through narcissistic abuse know trauma, depression, misery & even what it feels like to consider suicide. We have gone through such horrific events that it can feel nearly impossible to find any good in life. Yet we are still blessed! Not because of the abuse, of course, but in spite of it.
Victims of narcissistic abuse always feel weak in the midst of their suffering because they are powerless, but truly, they are strong. It takes an incredible amount of strength to escape the abuse against all efforts of the narcissist to keep you in the relationship. It also takes a great deal of strength to escape with no self esteem, & when you believe you aren’t able to survive without the narcissist in your life. Having such strength, especially in spite of the narcissist’s efforts to destroy it, is a huge blessing!
Victims of narcissistic abuse are also incredibly brave. Narcissists aren’t always physically abusive. They don’t have to be. They can terrify victims with a simple look that can make a victim fear or their life. Going against someone that appears to be incredibly powerful & capable of causing you great pain & suffering is extremely brave! Being so brave is another huge blessing.
Victims of narcissistic abuse are very appreciative. After surviving horrific abuse, victims have a different mentality than the average person. Victims know how bad things can be & how cruel people can be. They have learned to greatly value all of the good things in life. Living life with an appreciative spirit is a wonderful thing that can bring a great deal of joy, & is another blessing.
Victims of narcissistic abuse are loyal. When someone who claimed to love you abuses you to the point of destroying your personhood, it’s hard to trust other people. Once a victim trusts someone & that someone is good to them, however, they are incredibly loyal. Good people are exceptionally precious to those who have suffered narcissistic abuse. Victims will adore & protect these people fiercely, which is why they often make wonderful friends & romantic partners. Friend & romantic partners appreciate such loyalty, so again, this is another blessing.
Victims of narcissistic abuse who turn to God have an extremely close relationship with Him. Of all of the things I have mentioned so far, this is the most wonderful one, in my opinion. I saved the best for last. In typical narcissist fashion, narcissists do their best to convince their victims to believe as they believe. The narcissistic atheist expects their victim to share their beliefs. There are also narcissists who know enough about the Bible to be able to twist Scripture around to the point of justifying their abuse. Such behaviors often convolute a victim’s view of God. For someone to survive this yet come away with faith on any level is impressive, but many have an extremely intimate relationship with God. He blesses these people greatly, too. Isaiah 9: 2-3 says, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.” (NIV) I can’t help but think God has a special place in His heart for those who have been abused, which is why He blesses victims in this way.
By sharing these thoughts, I’m not saying that any victim of abuse should be grateful for their traumatic experiences. I am saying though that it’s good to look at these blessings in your life & be so grateful for them. Be grateful that in spite of the narcissist’s best efforts, he or she couldn’t take these gifts from you. And, be proud of yourself for surviving all that you have! That, as you well know, is no easy feat!