Let’s face it, leaving any relationship is hard to do but leaving a narcissist, for some reason, is super hard to do. I mean, they’ve spent so much time convincing us we need them. Today I want to talk about how to leave a narcissist so you can finally be happy and free.
I’ll be honest. I’m not sure if my last partner was a narcissist or just a big fat bully (or maybe a bit of both). Whatever the case, leaving him scared the crap out of me because I had relied on him for so much I wasn’t so sure I could live on my own.
Ya, it was pretty pathetic.
I thought about leaving him for almost two years. I had a million questions and no answers. I was sure I couldn’t do it. I battled the ‘should I or shouldn’t I’ dilemma.
It started sucking the life out of me. He was sucking the life out of me. The relationship was exhausting, empty, and degrading to me. When I finally left I couldn’t help to wonder what the heck took me so long.
Before we get into the depth of this article let’s first have a look at some traits of a narcissist just in case you aren’t sure if your partner is one.
What are the traits of a narcissist?
For years I had no idea what this word even meant. It wasn’t until just recently that I realized what the traits of a narcissist really were. It just so happened, I had many in my life.
Here are a few traits of a narcissist. See if you recognize any of them in your partner.
- a grand sense of self importance
- exploit others with no shame or guilt
- constantly need praise or seek admiration
- always lying and deny it vehemently
- make you feel worthless
- make you feel you are to blame always
- belittles others, bullies others
- feels entitled
- lack of empathy
Any of those look familiar?
Dealing with someone who has narcissistic personality disorder is not an easy feat. You have to keep in mind that it’s a no win situation. You will always be wrong, everything will always be your fault, they are always right and you pretty much just have to suck it up.
What a shi**y way to live.
You might like this video from my YouTube channel where I talk about how to leave an abusive relationship.
Dealing with someone who has narcissistic personality disorder
I think it’s important to keep in mind that no matter what, you will not change them. They are a result of their upbringing and the only thing that can truly help them is professional help.
But in order for them to even think about professional help, they have to admit they have a problem. And that in itself is a problem because remember, in their eyes, you’re the one with the problem.
Now I’m not saying there isn’t help for them. Just know that you can’t help them. They have to want to help themselves.
When dealing with someone who has narcissistic personality disorder you have to keep in mind, it’s a relationship you will never be happy in, and it will be a constant uphill battle.
Is this the life you want to live? Really? I think not.
So maybe you’ve decided to leave this toxic relationship (yay you!!) but you’re concerned. Scared even. You’re not sure you can do this. I’m here to tell you, yes you can and yes you should!
So let’s get to this.
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Why is it so hard to leave a narcissist?
Because we feel worthless, stupid, incapable of anything, ever. Narcissists have a way of making us believe that we can’t live without them.
Because we fear they will never let us go and will continuously convince us that everything is our fault and that we’re making things up.
Why is it so hard to leave a narcissist?
Because we don’t know what to believe anymore about anything, ever. We question ourselves daily.
How to leave a narcissist so you can finally be happy!
1 Decide you are leaving
The first thing you have to do is decide you are going to leave BUT stick to your decision. They are really good at convincing us that there’s nothing wrong and that we need them.
Remember, you don’t need them. What you need is to get your life back and be happy.
2 Stick to your decision
After you’ve made the decision to leave, tell your narcissist you are leaving (obviously) but don’t let them sway your decision. Be firm, clear, and stand your ground.
It’s important to keep in mind this won’t be easy. Make sure you have solid true friends around you who can help you with the move (if it’s you that has to move). A cheerleading team behind you is crucial.
These peeps will make sure you stay the course.
3 Have a support system in place
If you can afford professional help and feel you need it, secure it before you leave. You will need someone to talk to who will help you leave, grow, and heal from all the narcissistic abuse you’ve endured in this relationship.
Kim Saeed has an amazing and affordable course to help you leave your narcissist. You can check it out by clicking here or the image below.
4 Maintain no contact
You should go no contact once you leave. Don’t let this person contact you or have any access to you whatsoever (unless children are involved and you need to maintain contact).
5 Delete them from social media
Block their number, do not reach out to contact them at all, ever. You have got to let go completely so you can move on and heal.
Healing and growing will be extremely difficult if you keep contacting them or let them contact you. They have nothing new to say to you that’s going to fix things.
Trust me on that.
6 Surround yourself with things that bring you joy
Things that make you happy. You’ve been unhappy for so long it’s now time to start doing the things that bring you joy.
Things you probably haven’t done in a really long time because of your narcissist partner. Making time to do things that will bring you joy will help keep you on track, heal, and take your mind off the sadness, grief and confusion you will feel.
7 Take time to go through the stages of grief
And yes, you will. You need to. You just closed a huge chapter in your life and you’re about to embark on a whole new life but you have to grieve the loss of the life you’ve known for the last x amount of years too.
7 stages of grief
In case you aren’t familiar with the stages of grief, here they are:
- Shock and denial.
- Pain and guilt.
- Anger and bargaining.
- The upward turn.
- Reconstruction and working through.
- Acceptance and hope.
Now while these stages of grief are geared to someone who has lost a loved one to death (either through illness or unexpectedly) they still apply to leaving a narcissistic relationship (or a toxic/abusive relationship).
We still have to grieve this loss. And you will. And you should. It’s so important to your healing and growth.
It’s your chance to learn so much about yourself, who you are, who you were and who you want to be. As you’re learning about yourself, things will come up, happy things, that will surprise you!
8 Work on your personal growth
Being in a relationship with a narcissist, chances are you’ve lost all these things:
- self esteem
- self respect
- self confidence
- self worth
- happiness, and
- so much more.
Now that you have the tools and know how to leave a narcissist, it’s important to start working on you and all the things you’ve lost in that toxic relationship.
I’ll be honest, this is gonna take some time. Maybe even a long long time. But I need you to know one very important thing:
If you don’t heal and grow, you will continue to attract toxic relationships.
Read that again.
You might also like these narcissist quotes that will really hit home hard!!!
We have to heal our deep inner wounds that could very well have incurred in our childhood. Feelings of unworthiness. Limiting beliefs that were plugged in that we are no good.
Whatever the case, whatever the wound, it’s important to dig it out and heal it. Otherwise, you’ll never grow and you’ll never have the relationship you deserve.
Harsh words but true.
I started a mini self help eBook series and there are a few books in there I think you might like (or need to read!) Click the image below or this link here to grab the self help eBook that resonates with you.
I think you might really like the following eBooks in this collection:
Leaving a narcissist is hard
I know it’s a hard decision to leave a relationship, especially an abusive relationship or a toxic relationship because we have been programmed to believe everything is our fault and we are not worthy.
But it’s not your fault and you ARE worthy. Worthy of happiness, joy, inner peace, self respect, unconditional and mutual love and so much more.
Knowing how to leave a narcissist is only half the battle. You are now armed with tools and information. It’s up to you now to take the leap and go!!
For those of you who still want to fight to the end for your relationship, you may want to check out relationshiphero.com. Click here to speak to someone today.
Your happiness is entirely up to you. But remember, you deserve happiness, not a life of misery.
xo iva xo