Narcissists, as we all know, are all about procuring narcissistic supply. Anything or anyone that props up their self-esteem is a good thing. Naturally this also means that anything or anyone that damages their self-esteem is a foul, evil thing deserving of the most intense hatred imaginable due to the narcissistic injury it caused.
Ending a relationship with a narcissist is possibly the most grievous of narcissistic injuries. Even when a person isn’t a narcissist, it hurts when someone ends the relationship they had with you. You grieve & move on in time. Not so with narcissists. There is nothing normal about them, especially when it comes to someone ending a relationship with them.
Narcissists see this as the person being ungrateful, selfish, wrong, stupid & more. They don’t see that their actions forced the person to sever ties with them- they only see that you were unreasonable & cruel to them, & should be punished.
Many awful things can take place once a victim leaves a narcissist. You need to be prepared for these likely scenarios.
Being fake. Don’t fall for the good guy/girl act- the narcissist is only being nice in an attempt to lure you back into relationship. If you go back, the niceness won’t last long. That apology? Was it really sincere or a fake apology? “I’m sorry you feel that way.” “I’m sorry for whatever you think I did.” “I’m sorry I did that but you made me act that way when you…” are not real apologies! Genuine apologies show the person accepts responsibility for their actions. They show the person apologizing is remorseful & wants to make it up to you if possible. They don’t make excuses.
Harassment or stalking. Narcissists love to stalk & harass. They may drive past your home constantly, show up at places you frequent, or bully you online or through texts. Even if you block their email or cell phone number, they often find ways around your boundaries just to prove they’re in control. I was harassed by a narcissist for several years. Early on, I blocked her home IP address from accessing my website, & she used another computer to copy an article on there I wrote about forgiveness & email it to me. Talk about unsettling! It showed me how determined this person was to let me know she would do whatever she wanted, no matter what I wanted or didn’t want.
Unfortunately in most states, laws haven’t caught up to cyberstalking, so your legal recourse may be limited. Even with stalking in real life, it can be hard to prove sometimes. Whether you can get the law involved or not, document EVERYTHING. It’s always good to have that documentation in case you need it to prove a pattern of behavior. Save texts, emails or screen shots in a safe place, like an online storage cloud. Computers & cell phones die, & you don’t want all your documentation to be lost.
Smear campaign. Always a favorite tool of narcissists, is the smear campaign. You doing so means they may be exposed for the evil monster that they are, so they need to do something to prevent that from happening. If they can convince other people that you are mentally unbalanced, a drug addict, or vengeful, the chances of people believing them over you are much greater. Especially so if things are said in the guise of concern. “I worry about her.. she does some pretty heavy drugs yanno…”
There really isn’t anything to do about a smear campaign. If you defend yourself, chances are the person you’re speaking with will think that is proof that the narcissist is right. You really are crazy, on drugs, etc. The best thing you can do is allow your character to show. You go on being the good person you are. Those who believe the narcissist really aren’t your friends anyway. True friends don’t blindly believe bad things about their friends no matter who says them.
Flying monkeys/triangulation. Another favorite tool of narcissists is getting other people to do their dirty work for them. This provides a potential for a double dose of narcissistic supply. Getting someone to do as the narcissist commands is always good, but getting them to get someone else to do the narcissist’s will? Amazing!
Resist the attempts to manipulate you back into relationship with the narcissist. Refuse to discuss the narcissist with this person. Change the subject when they discuss this person, repeatedly & even rudely if need be. You may find out this person is extremely devoted to the narcissist, & you need to end that relationship as well. Unfortunately, it happens often.