If you are interested in psychology like me, then I would really like to recommend the Netflix series “Mindhunter”. It’s a fictional series based on how the science of criminal profiling came into existence. The FBI team attempts to learn about criminal profiling. Two male detectives are the main focus of the show. They interview various serial killers in an attempt to understand why they did the things they did. The plot is fascinating & the acting is very good! My husband, who usually isn’t particularly interested in crime shows loves “Mindhunter” as much as me if this tells you just how good it is!
Anyway the reason I’m mentioning this is there was a fantastic quote on the show by Agent Ford, one of the two male detectives I mentioned earlier. Ford has excellent instincts & listens closely to them. In one episode, he let someone talk him into something other than listening to his instincts. It turned out his instincts were right on, as usual. He was upset, naturally & said the most interesting thing.. “The only mistake I ever made was doubting myself.”
When a person is subjected to narcissistic abuse, doubting one’s self becomes the norm. I always had pretty strong instincts, but learned early in life to ignore them due to the narcissistic abuse. I was sure I was wrong because I believed I was ignorant of so much, too judgmental, & even just plain stupid. This is so typical of the mentality of victims of narcissistic abuse, but that doesn’t mean it’s correct.
Whatever a narcissist has told you about yourself, I want to encourage you today to question it. Logically, as if you were an outsider looking at the situation rather than someone directly involved in the situation. If you do this, chances are excellent that you will realize just how wrong the narcissist was about you.
I also want to encourage you to pay attention to your instincts. I realize some folks are naturally more in tune with theirs than others due to differences in their personalities, so some of you may not be overly interested in doing this. Please consider giving it a try though. I firmly believe the reason instincts are so accurate is because they are the Holy Spirit guiding us. Doesn’t that make them worth listening to?
To learn to trust your instincts doesn’t happen overnight, but it can happen. Pay attention to what they tell you. When you feel strongly, do what you feel your instincts are leading you to do. Early on when doing this, you are going to make some mistakes along the way, but don’t give up! The more you listen to your instincts, the more in tune with them you will become. And, the more you do this, the less mistakes you will make. That means the more you will learn to trust them.
Being in tune with your instincts is a wonderful thing in many ways. You can avoid many problems by trusting them. You also will learn to avoid toxic people by trusting them. Your instincts pick up on subtle cues to people & situations that the cognizant mind doesn’t notice. Instincts also put pieces of the puzzle together which help you to learn what you should or shouldn’t do, what is good or bad for you & even what people it is best for you to avoid. Don’t you think it’s worth investing the time in fine tuning this skill to help you improve your life?