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More Books in Biographies See All. In Stock. A Dark Secret. Hoop Dreams Down Under. Robin Definitive Biography of Robin Williams. Then It Fell Apart. Naturally Tan A Memoir. My brother sat with his back to me and wherever i was he would leave the area. Said not one word to me. Then 3 days later he calls and acts like nothing happened. Anyway, i am now an orphan so would you adopt me? Over time I learnt he lies all the time and my leader was totally under his control through some magic invisible string which he pulled when he like.
One fine day, as he was playing his usual game, I confronted him and told him to stop playing this game. The right thing happened. The leader now hates me to the core for saying this and being rude — he was blind all along when I was insulted in every possible opportunity. I am glad I said what I did and also I said sorry to him for my behaviour but I will still stick to what I said.
I truly believe he will learn his lesson through Karmic cycle.
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I am free. Some good points, but sometimes, ignoring tone of a conversation misses the point. Also, most of the most painful arguments in a relationship do come from past experiences and dealing only with the current situation makes you seem petty. The point of the difficulty is many times in the history or pattern rather than a single slight. Finally, what may seem irrelevant to one person may be a keynote to another. You just completely described the narcissists in my life. Sadly one is currently destroying a friendship group moving from person to person befriending them on a high scale and dropping them when it suits.
Thanks for a good read. I hope things get better soon.
Thanks so much for making contact. This hit the nail on the head!
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My soon to be sister-in-law proceeded to tell me that I have changed him for the worse! Mind you this comes from a woman who is 55 and has been married 5X! Like what? Where did he go? I am a very bubbly, positive and outgoing person. I try to see the best out of every situation and every person, but this had to take the cake with me! I agree with Sara, this article completely describes the nurse assist in my life! For the past two years I have tried to work things out.
She starts with picking at me, trying to start fights with me and this time she went as low as making up a fake profile and blaming me for things that another sister In law was writing. And now her excuse for not talking to me is because I supposedly told my other sister In law about her fake profile! She has gone as low as posting horrible tho ha about myself and my other sister in law and when confronted she plays victim and says its us.
I hate to say it but I am so glad that she is no longer in my life because the ones in my life are absolutely amazing. Blood is def not thicker then water sometimes. Toxic family members are harder to walk away from but well done to you for your insight and being able to see it for what it is. Thank you for taking the time to comment — I hope things settle down for you soon.
What should I do? They interupted our conversation to begin with?! She is mad that he will not go to their house because I am not welcome and that he will not watch her kids all the time for her to go out and drink or act a fool. He is trying to bring his family and I together, but she pits everyone against me. Btw I do not respond to her only tell my husband how I feel because I choose not to stoop to her level… I am getting to the point I want to show things like this article to her… Her drama will not stop but my husband does not wish to stop talking to her either….
Please tell me what do I do to get them out of my life and putting them in their place! I need advice asap on this friendship. I wish I could be more helpful.
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Strong boundaries, low contact and just walking away have worked for me. I bowl with a woman who is like this. I am polite and only talk about things like the weather and bowls…never anything personal. Good luck! Low contact is one of the most manipulatively malicious narcissistic sociopathic psychopaths there is.
I learned the hard way not to wear my heart on my sleeve around people like this, else they win my trust only to use my confidences against me. Low — or no contact — is essential when you are dealing with someone who thinks that the problem is everyone else except themselves. When they will not accept boundaries and blame you for everything, then you have the right to protect yourself. This may sound like a crazy way to get rid of them but, from LOTS of experience I can tell you it works!! Keep everything superficial. These vultures LOVE drama!
They are only concerned with getting a reaction or a rise out of you. Just be a grey rock. No reaction, nothing great in your, let everything slide off your back. I was raised by a psychotic malignant narcissist for 18 yrs. I have also just put the pieces together that my sister in law is also a psychotic malignant narcissist with histrionic tendencies. She has diagnosed me with Complex PTSD due to the years of abuse as a child, and now this person as a constant trigger.
The saddest part about all of it is the way she uses her children as pawns within the family and with her ex husband and then tells us that we are cruel to her kids. We have 2 teenagers and a pre-teen. And we choose NOT to drink with our kids. I am a born again Christian, which of course is their primary way of attacking me. Apparently I am supposed to perfect because of my faith, and I apparently want everyone to believe that I am perfect.. No more lies. No more projecting. And all of the other family members just stand there and let her talk that way.
And they defend her and say all she wants is for all of us to just get along. I can handle it! I do want to share a few titles of books that I have read lately that I have found tremendously helpful :. I hope these titles help someone else like they did me. Thank you for your blog, its very helpful and a great resource. You have so much insight. I honestly believe that people are more beautiful for the breaks. We all have them. There are some great titles here. The response to this post has been enormous — there are so many people struggling with toxic people in their lives.
Toxic people will only ever go for kind, reasonable, generous ones. I LOVE hearing when people have broken away. Thank you so much for making contact with me. Love this article.
I thought my life was HELL when it was just my boyfriend living with me but it has quadrupled since my brother 46 moved in on Feb. And he still acts like a teenager and contributes nothing to help with household expenses.
Good luck to everyone else who may be in a similar situation. I feel your pain. Living with people with this degree of insanity and toxicity is nothing short of psychological torture and they should be arrested for that and also for attempted murder of the soul. I just wish I had a support system in place to help speed up the process. I just wanna bring 2 things to your attention. When I first started discovering about narcissism, my own husband was the source, I sounded just like you. Constantly trying to show how THEY were so awful and exactly why! I was beyond consolable by all the awful things he said about me and called me.
I was in my third therapist office crying and explaining this to her and she stopped me dead in my tracks. I sat there stunned. She then sat down and said no matter how many ways or how loud I yell at that red chair will never be black. Do you understand? It never will be the truth. So, let it go. Next, I remember sitting in one therapist office with the same kind of rant you have just posted, this time about my brother. She could have hit me between the eyes with a shotgun! It was TRUE!! I was giving their opinions of me meaning!
She was right. After that I just quit any contact and any reaction. I even quit talking about them to other people and if anyone started to bring them up I stopped them right away. Is live better now! Good luck. How do I get him out of this mess? It only gets worse for him every year! He does screw me over to make her happy. But his girlfriend has thrown a lot of wedges between us over time. Time is running out. A very small window of hope. He always kept his word before she came a long. Can anyone help me?
I worry what she will do to him next. He was a true loving soul, good to everyone. Thank you for reading this! Sincerely, Nikki. You sound like an incredible friend. One of the mistakes people make when someone they care about is in a bad relationship is that try to talk those people out of the bad relationships. It seems like the obvious thing to do, but what it can often do is inadvertently drive those people your friend to prove you wrong and push them further into the bad relationship.
The best thing to do in this situation is to keep loving your friend hard. Pushing against his relationship might drive him to push back harder. If your friend asks for your honesty then of course, give it. Otherwise, be as supportive and as non-judgemental of the relationship as you can. Thank you so much for making contact with me and for sharing your story. You would be surprised how many people are in the same situation! I am really impressed by your gentle and helpful replies to the comments you have received to your informative article. I do sometimes like to read the comments to articles, just being curious, or if I found the article interesting, and so often, the writer never answers the comments.
You, however, seem to answer most or all, even ones that I, myself, thought were just misguided or irrelevant. You showed me that even those deserved your consideration and thoughtful reply. Just wanted to say you made me feel humble and you inspired me to be less critical of others, because under all the ranting and poor grammar is perhaps an individual who is hurting and needs a hand to get through a tough time. I am currently on a bus to get away from a toxic relationship. It started as emotional manipulation and started getting physical, so I left him.
Thank the Lord I was strong enough to do it. Keep moving forward. Thank you so much for sharing your story with me. You never know who will read this and also be inspired by your strength and courage. Thank you! Thank you for making contact with me. Do the toxic ones know who they are, and is there any way to address them for change. You have described my spouse to a T and I am at the end of my wits to make her happy. Thank you for the article and insight. Very helpful.
I believe that anyone can change, but they have to realise the need for change and be willing to change. There are so many people struggling with toxic relationships. Will do more posts on this in the future. Thank you so much for making contact. Thank you.
I needed to see this today. My narcissistic and very toxic husband left 5 months ago for a much younger woman. He also left behind 3 teenagers, a house in disrepair, incredible debts and much emotional debris.
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I spent many years walking on eggshells trying to make him happy and keep everything ok. He abused my good nature and took advantage of me at every turn. He is a master manipulator… After our separation 3 years ago when I first was confronted with his affair, he lied and tried to keep conning me. I let him come home after he was evicted from his apartment, got his car repossessed and drank so much that he was writing bad checks and pawning silver and his wedding ring! But he promised to change and made me believe that everything but him was to blame for his downfall.
I believed in my vows and tried to help him overcome his issues. For better or worse, he was my husband and father of our kids. He paid me back with lies, cheating, fraudulently opening a credit card in my name and then kissing me good bye on a Wednesday talking about what we should have for supper and never came home again. He has made some minimal support payments and sees his kids maybe for a meal a couple times a month.
Never helps in any way with what he left behind or any parental duties. The crazy thing is that we have been friends since we were in high school and I still love him or at least love who he was once. That guy is dead and gone and now the pirate has taken him over it is so sad and I am distraught by the loss of our family. A lot was caused by alcohol and by his selfishness. Like the wolf story. There are two wolves, the good one and bad one and whichever one you feed is the one that stays.
I see a lot of what I felt around him in your article. He was good at keeping me off balance and convincing me that I was crazy or over sensitive or incapable of handling adversity. He tormented me and I am fighting to put it all behind me. I lost a lot of my self worth and self confidence. He has caused so much damage to me, to my kids and to my family who tried to help him. Thanks for letting me vent! They are so good at what they do and they pick their targets well — reasonable, honest, kind, generous people.
Your comment about the person you love being the man he used to be is so insightful. I have enormous respect for you and any woman who can do that. Come back and vent any time! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I wonder why they can actually get away with being so mean, and why the heck do we still think we love them and can help them?
And why do we try so hard for such a thankless situation. And I still find myself crying and missing him so much, when I know he has never ever been there for me emotionally at all. And when I talk to him, try to get him to open up, his face just looks at me with big stupid puppy dog eyes, and when you are done, they just get up and walk out.
When my Mom died, I was naturally just destroyed, and one time I started crying, and he go up and came over to me, put his arm on my shoulder for maybe two seconds, and that was it forever. He lost his Mom and I never saw him shed a tear, then he lost his brother, and I went to the hospital and sat with his brothers wife until she finally gave in and shut off life support. And they were so close, my husband and him.
Not a tear tht time either. And he left on a job the day of his funeral. Why is it so hard to let go of these guys? I think a lot of it is because nothing seems to make sense, one day they say they love you, the next, they say they never did and they want out. Anyway, you are not alone in your hurt and suffering…Pam. Seen some people I have known in the past and also seen some of myself. Soul searching is a never ending process. Oh you are so right! I know what you mean about soul searching being never ending. Everybody does all of the toxic behaviours some of the time.
The fact that you have insight and a readiness to soul-search, means that you will never be toxic. Thank you for taking the time to make contact. It took plenty of research for me to learn what was what, and knowing the key words to search for this topic that was so new to me was extremely helpful. Thank you for your clarity on the subject, I hope my family will be receptive to reading it.
In relation to your question, personality disorders are a serious diagnosis and I would be reluctant to encourage anyone to make that sort of diagnosis for themselves or of anyone else through a Google search. My husband is a narcissist who needs constant praise, all the time. He is literally insane. Cannot have a conversation with him that makes any sense at all, unless I just listen to his incessant rambling.
This sounds like an awful situation to be in. I expect you have good reasons for staying.