Why do narcissists expect you to reassure them when you are the one going through problems?! This seriously irks me. Maybe I’ve lost all patience as I’ve gotten older, but lately this pushes my buttons badly.
My husband will be visiting his parents today, & I’ll be alone. We’ve spent a few holidays together in our 20 years as a couple, but most he has spent with his family. I’m ok with it now. I decided to change my perspective several years ago & now look at holidays as a laid back day I can enjoy by myself. (I discussed this in my last post, if you care to read about it.)
So last night, my father called. He invited me to go to Thanksgiving dinner with my parents again. I thanked him & declined again. Suddenly he has a bee in his bonnet about me spending a holiday alone. I ended up reassuring him it’s ok. This really ticked me off. Why is it I’m the one who in the past has been hurt badly by this, yet I am supposed to reassure my father who isn’t in the least bit affected by this scenario? How does this make sense on any level?? Yet, I realize this is a very common scene when dealing with a narcissist, be they overt or covert.
When my dog, Danya died suddenly in 2009, my mother called as my husband & I were trying to get his body (he was over 100lbs) to the car so we could take him to the crematorium. I told her what we were doing, & she went on to tell me how hard this was for her, & wanted me to comfort her. Really? She never gave Danya the time of day when he was alive…
When I told my father I was divorcing my ex-husband, his response was, “Can I still be friends with him?” He was upset that he might lose his “friend,” & I told him it was up to him & the ex (even though inside I was hurt this was even an option).
If you think about it, I’m sure you have had similar experiences with your narcissistic parent as well. Am I right?
I am trying to think of ways to deal with this especially annoying habit. So far, all I can come up with is to say you have to go then leave the room or hang up the phone, or change the subject. After all, narcissists aren’t like normal, healthy people. If you explain that the behavior is wrong or painful, they will take offense & either go into a narcissistic rage or they’ll use the behavior more often just to hurt you.
If anyone else has a better idea, I would love to hear it. Not just for my benefit but for the benefit of others who read this blog as well. Please leave your suggestions in the comments below.