I advocate for education to raise awareness of what is going on when stuck in the cycle of abuse with a narcissist. This step is so important to de-fog the mind, escape, and begin the process of recovery.
It is with knowledge translated into action that any change takes place.
You can step out and away from survival mode and the abusive relationship, and begin your journey of reclaiming your power, freedom, and joy.
You CAN make this happen.
Understanding where you are at and why, is the platform that will enable you to make the changes needed to get to a place of safety and kickstart your healing journey.
Becoming your own expert is the first step.
It is common for those first discovering the concepts of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and Codependency, to develop a serious hunger for information.
After all, there is something hugely comforting in FINALLY confirming that feeling you’ve always had that ‘something’s not quite right’. The monumental internal shift that occurs from external validation after years of being invalidated and devalued is, quite simply, life changing.
There are many terms to learn in your research quest, which can be a tad daunting given the volume!
To help you navigate this essential step in rescuing yourself, you can use this Glossary as a reference point in looking up what all the terms mean when talking about narcissistic abuse and recovery.
Consider this your friendly terminology taming tool!
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- Antisocial Personality Disorder
- Cluster B personality disorders
- Cognitive dissonance
- Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD)
- Cycle of Narcissistic Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Flying monkeys
- Golden child
- Grey rock
- Intermittent reinforcement
- Intimate Partner Violence
- Learned helplessness
- Love bombing
- Low contact (LC)
- Magical thinking
- Moving the goal posts
- Narcissistic FOG
- Narcissistic injury
- Narcissistic mirroring
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- Narcissistic rage
- Narcissistic supply
- No contact (NC)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Pushing your buttons
- Reacting vs. responding
- Self-differentiation process
- Separation-individuation process
- Silent treatment
- Smear campaigns
- Suicide prevention services near you
- The 'soul mate' effect
- Trauma bonding
- Word salad