Number 2: Narcissistic abuse survivors establish coping mechanisms.
Narcissistic abuse survivors often develop coping mechanisms to deal with the emotional turmoil they’ve experienced. These coping mechanisms can range from unhealthy habits to more constructive strategies. For example, some survivors might turn to overeating or excessive drinking to numb the emotional pain caused by the abuse.
On the other hand, psychiatrist Dr. Judith Orloff suggests that survivors can also develop healthier coping mechanisms. These may include therapy, self-care practices, and building a support network.
While the initial coping mechanisms like overeating or drinking might provide short-term relief, it’s crucial for survivors to eventually shift towards more constructive strategies to heal and regain control over their lives.
Number 3: Narcissistic abuse survivors isolate themselves from people.
Narcissistic abuse survivors often feel lonely. Psychologists say narcissists are masters at cutting them off from loved ones. They make it hard for survivors to ask for support. But it’s not just that. Many survivors pull away from their friends and family.
They might be ashamed about what they went through or scared of what others will think. As therapist Dr. Jessica Zucker explains, survivors isolate themselves as a coping mechanism to protect themselves from further hurt. This isolation can be seriously tough for survivors.
Dr. Ramani Durvasula adds, “It’s a common response to narcissistic abuse. Survivors need to reconnect with their support networks to heal.” So, while it might seem like survivors choose to be alone, it’s often a result of their abuse and a need for self-preservation.
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