Common Reactions Toward Narcissistic Abuse
Naturally, when you receive the wrath of the narcissistic abuse, it triggers all sorts of feelings and thoughts within yourself. Your task it to be cautious so you do not make a bad situation worse. Ultimately, it is usually best to remove yourself from that person’s presence (permanently, if possible). But sometimes that option is not immediately available.
Even so, when a narcissist becomes abusive, you have options, some good and some not so good. Let’s take a look at how you might respond:
Option #1. You can enter into the power play.
Perhaps one of the most instinctive responses to the malignant narcissist is to fight fire with fire. You are insulted, you insult right back. You are pushed, you want to push back. Anger is displayed toward you, so you become angry in reverse.
Unfortunately, malignant narcissists love to tussle, so it is highly predictable that they will not cease their attacks, but will increase their efforts. And that could prove disastrous for you. These narcissists are bullies who lack any sense of fair play, so an open challenge is interpreted as an opportunity to flex their anger muscles.
TO BE CONTINUED. . . .