Narcissists are well known for being intensely selfish. One of the ways that selfishness manifests is by them ruining special days for their victims. Those special days simply must revolve around the narcissist. If those special days revolve around you or are special to you, that is totally unacceptable to a narcissist! That must be obliterated so all attention can be turned back to the narcissist in question! How does a narcissist do this? They have so many tactics, & I will address a few here.
It’s your wedding anniversary falls in early April? What a coincidence! Tax day is just around the corner! A narcissist might demand you or your spouse (whoever is best with financial matters) complete their taxes on this day so they can file their taxes without being late.
Your birthday is in the near future? Another coincidence! It’s also time for the narcissist to have that medical procedure. After all, that elective procedure is way more important than the birthday you have every year, so forget enjoying your birthday.
It’s December. Merry Christmas! Oh wait.. you really thought you could celebrate Christmas without focusing on your narcissistic parent or sibling?! Not likely! Instead, know that you MUST celebrate the day however the narcissist dictates & on the exact day the narcissist dictates. It’s not really Christmas unless it’s celebrated when & however the narcissist demands it be celebrated.
A common tactic narcissists use to turn the attention of special days back to themselves is to invent a crisis on or close to a special day. One Christmas, my husband & his siblings decided to spend Christmas day with their immediate families rather than with their parents. Rather than accept this or reschedule the annual Christmas celebration for a different day, their diabetic mother stopped taking insulin. She ended up in the hospital right around Christmas day. Her adult children rallied to her side. When asked why she stopped taking insulin, she said she was simply too busy making everyone Christmas cookies to bother taking her insulin. It was quite the martyr act!
Guilt is another common tactic. If you can’t or won’t spend a special day with a narcissist, they often will say things that make you feel obligated to them like, “That’s ok.. I’m used to being alone anyway…” or, “You promised you’d be there! You have to come!!”
Those of us who recognize the manipulation regarding special days & refuse to accept the manipulation are often shamed for being cold or selfish because we don’t go along with whateverthe narcissist wants. Narcissists act like there is something wrong with us for not enjoying special days as they think we should, & sharing them with the narcissist in our lives. Those on the outside are often quick to criticize us for being “too negative” & act like something is very wrong with us for not thoroughly enjoying special days. As if they would feel differently after being subjected to the mind games of a narcissist. How ridiculous!
If you feel this way, I want to tell you today that there is nothing wrong with you.
If you have become angry about a narcissist ruining your joy over special days, that is totally understandable.
If you decided not to celebrate any special days because a narcissist ruined them for you, that is totally understandable.
If you have decided to create your own traditions & avoid all narcissists on special days, that is also totally understandable.
If you opt to take each special day as it comes & follow what your heart dictates on each special day, that also truly is understandable.
You have been through some pretty awful treatment & certainly you have earned the right to celebrate or not celebrate these days however works best for you!
Don’t let anyone dictate how you spend special days. You enjoy holidays in whatever way works for you. Ignore them, treat them as any other day, or go over the top with celebrating them your own way. You do you & don’t let anyone convince you that you are wrong!