How to Break a Trauma Bond with a Narcissist (7 Steps)
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How to Break a Trauma Bond with a Narcissist (7 Steps)

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about bonding with someone is the warm, cozy feeling you get from feeling safe in a close relationship. But trauma bonding is not the same thing at all. In trauma bonds, a person ends up feeling attached to someone who is actually harming them. In these…

What is Reactive Abuse (5 Signs & How to Respond)

What is Reactive Abuse (5 Signs & How to Respond)

After being continually abused, you may snap verbally or become aggressive. This form of manipulation in toxic relationships is known as reactive abuse. What is Reactive Abuse? Reactive abuse is a tactic used by toxic people to transfer blame for their abusive behavior onto the victim. This is one of the most common abuse techniques…

Why Letting Go of Toxic People Is So Hard (& Necessary)
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Why Letting Go of Toxic People Is So Hard (& Necessary)

Having a relationship with a toxic person is almost always going to be dysfunctional and destructive. So, sometimes, letting go of toxic people is the most logical decision. Toxic people bring negativity and harm into other people’s lives, usually through manipulation, control, and emotional abuse. However, you will inevitably come across emotional vampires, narcissists, and…

Trauma Bond vs. Love: How to Tell the Difference & Protect Yourself
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Trauma Bond vs. Love: How to Tell the Difference & Protect Yourself

It is natural to go through some ups and downs in your relationship or marriage. However, a healthy connection is about trust, reciprocity, and freedom to keep your independence and grow. Healthy relationships make us feel safe and supported.  Sometimes, however, we find ourselves in relationships not founded on love but on trauma bonds. But…

5 Signs Someone Might Be a Spiritual Narcissist
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5 Signs Someone Might Be a Spiritual Narcissist

It is never simple to deal with a narcissist. These people are often deceptive and dominating, putting their own wants and needs first. They lack empathy and have an overinflated sense of their value. So, regardless of its type, a relationship with a narcissist may sap your energy, undermine your self-esteem, and harm your mental…

Narcissist Triangulation: Ending the Manipulation
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Narcissist Triangulation: Ending the Manipulation

Triangulation is a form of manipulative behavior often present in dysfunctional families and toxic relationships. This model of destructive social interaction is typically an inseparable part of narcissistic abuse. Covert narcissists often use triangulation to control and manipulate their partners, family members, friends, or coworkers. They use this manipulative strategy to bring another person into…

Who Do Narcissists Target? (7 Common Traits Victims Display)
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Who Do Narcissists Target? (7 Common Traits Victims Display)

Narcissists are known for their self-absorbed and entitled behavior. They have an inflated sense of self-importance and crave admiration and attention from others. However, not everyone is targeted by narcissists in the same way. In this article, we will explore who narcissists tend to target and why. Understanding Narcissism Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is a…

What is Communal Narcissism & How Do You Deal with It?
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What is Communal Narcissism & How Do You Deal with It?

Many of us know someone always willing to lend a hand. They always seem kind, friendly, and accommodating. They seem like the best friends you could ask for and put the group’s or community’s needs ahead of their own. However, you can tell that something about them isn’t quite right. Maybe your gut is telling…

Narcissist Future Faking: What Is It and How to Deal with It?
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Narcissist Future Faking: What Is It and How to Deal with It?

Relationships with narcissists are typically toxic and emotionally draining. Because narcissists have an obsessive need to dominate and control others, they use manipulative techniques to keep their victims hooked. One of these manipulation tactics is future faking. What is future Faking? Future faking is a manipulation dating strategy in which a narcissist promises a bright…

Common Signs A Narcissist Is Done with You (For Good)
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Common Signs A Narcissist Is Done with You (For Good)

The end of any relationship can be brutal, but a breakup with a narcissist can be excruciating. Narcissists are known for their lack of empathy and inability to take responsibility for their actions, making it hard for them to move on and heal. Understanding that a narcissist cannot have a healthy relationship is essential. They…

How To Beat A Narcissist At Their Own Game (Explained)
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How To Beat A Narcissist At Their Own Game (Explained)

There is a good chance that you will sooner or later run into a narcissist in your life. Whether it is your family member, partner, friend, or co-worker, dealing with a narcissist can drain you in every sense. One of the significant consequences of narcissism is the suffering of those around a narcissist. A relationship…

Why Feeling Safe in a Relationship is All About Setting Good Boundaries
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Why Feeling Safe in a Relationship is All About Setting Good Boundaries

Emotional safety is a cornerstone of a healthy relationship. People generally consider a relationship healthy if everyone in it feels protected, loved, and respected. And don’t we all want to be in a place where our interpersonal connections make us feel safe? But what does “feeling safe in a relationship” mean? And why is it…

What is a Vulnerable Narcissist? (6 Signs to Look Out For)
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What is a Vulnerable Narcissist? (6 Signs to Look Out For)

In clinical practice, narcissism is a personality disorder. However, most people who exhibit narcissistic traits do not meet the clinical mental health criteria for narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). That means that narcissism can range from a few narcissistic traits to full-scale narcissistic personality disorder, which occurs along the spectrum. What is a Vulnerable Narcissist? Vulnerable…

How Dating a Narcissist Changes You
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How Dating a Narcissist Changes You

A relationship with a narcissist may be a roller-coaster of emotions, painful and depleting. Most of the time, being in a relationship with a narcissist severely impacts the health and well-being of their victims. When you date a narcissist, your perceptions about yourself and the world may change. This can be devastating for your sense…

Can a Narcissist Be Faithful in a Relationship?
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Can a Narcissist Be Faithful in a Relationship?

Every relationship demands dedication and work and can occasionally be challenging. A relationship with a narcissist, however, presents unique difficulties. If you are in a relationship with a narcissist, one of the first questions you may ask yourself is: Can a narcissist be faithful? If you are in a relationship with a narcissist, you will…

6 Signs of Narcissistic Collapse and How to Spot Them
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6 Signs of Narcissistic Collapse and How to Spot Them

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a mental health condition characterized by an exaggerated self-image, a lack of empathy, self-centered behavior, and an excessive need for praise and admiration. Some experts argue that narcissists use their attitudes of superiority and domination to compensate for insecurity and frail self-esteem. So, when a narcissist does not receive the…

How Empathy and Leadership in the Workplace are Connected (And Why It Matters)
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How Empathy and Leadership in the Workplace are Connected (And Why It Matters)

Empathy is the ability to comprehend and respond to the feelings of others, both emotionally and rationally. It is often used interchangeably with “compassion” and “sympathy.” Although these are very similar concepts, there is a distinction between empathy and sympathy. While being empathetic implies identifying, acknowledging, and feeling another person’s feelings without judgment, sympathy or…

6 Weird Things Covert Narcissists Do (and How to Respond)
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6 Weird Things Covert Narcissists Do (and How to Respond)

The term “narcissism” generally refers to somebody who is highly self-absorbed. However, to be diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), a person must satisfy specific criteria. People with narcissistic personality disorder have an inflated sense of superiority over others. They are self-centered and manipulative, with grandiose beliefs about their own importance and self-worth. These…

Normalizing Green Flags in a Relationship
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Normalizing Green Flags in a Relationship

When attempting to save or enrich their relationships, most people focus on what needs to be improved. While it is critical to be aware of potential red flags in your relationship early on, it is also essential to be mindful of green flags or signs that indicate that your relationship is going well. Such “green…

The Secret to Creating Conscious Love
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The Secret to Creating Conscious Love

The success of a relationship depends on many factors, both personal and interpersonal. Our cognitive biases, self-sabotaging beliefs, and learned behavioral patterns all strongly influence the success of our relationships. To have a happy, thriving relationship, you must nurture it by establishing mutual understanding, trust, love, and support. Couples who love consciously share similar relationship…

4 Tips on How to Stop Self-Sabotaging Relationships
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4 Tips on How to Stop Self-Sabotaging Relationships

Self-sabotaging behaviors are unhealthy patterns that can create problems in day-to-day life and cause emotional distress. Many self-sabotaging behaviors can prevent you from reaching your goals and cause difficulties in your relationships.  These self-destructive behaviors are often unconscious and therefore difficult to recognize. But some of the most common forms of self-sabotage involve: Create a…

How to Leave an Abusive Relationship: A Step-by-Step Plan
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How to Leave an Abusive Relationship: A Step-by-Step Plan

An abusive relationship is any relationship that involves physical, sexual, or emotional abuse and control. So, abusive relationships are not just limited to physical abuse. Any relationship that makes you feel insecure, unhappy, frightened, and drained is a toxic, abusive relationship. A toxic bond in an abusive relationship can cause you to doubt your reality…

High Functioning Codependency and the Importance of Setting Boundaries
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High Functioning Codependency and the Importance of Setting Boundaries

The line between care and kindness and codependency is sometimes blurred. While it is normal to be invested in the lives of those we care about, how do we know when or if we are overly invested? How to know whether your relationships are reciprocal or you are doing more than your share?  Are you…