“The only person that deserves a special place in your life is someone that never made you feel like you were an option in theirs.” – Shannon L. Alder
We all know that physical and psychological abuse can be a terrifying thing to experience, in any relationship. Recently, another form of abuse has been observed by psychologists and they believe that it’s very easy for this abuse to slip through the cracks and remain unnoticed for long periods of time. We’re talking about narcissistic abuse.
A narcissistic person is somebody who’s fully and entirely obsessed with themselves. As psychologist Stephen Johnson explains, a narcissist is a person who has “buried his true self-expression in response to early injuries and replaced it with a highly developed, compensatory false self.”
The name comes from the Greek myth of Narcissus, a man so smitten with himself and his own reflection that he falls into a river and drowns. Narcissists are known for very low levels of empathy and a tendency to use others for their own pleasure.
But how can you know if you’re a victim of manipulation?
HERE ARE TEN SIGNS OF ABUSE FROM A NARCISSIST TO LOOK OUT FOR
1. YOU BECOME DEPRESSED OR ANXIOUS
Feeling like everything you do is wrong, like you’re not worthy of affection or you have to fight very hard to get it can inspire feelings of depression and anxiety. You might be looking for the reasons of your depression elsewhere, but at the end of the day, they will always stem from your abusive relationship with a narcissistic person.