Understanding the indicators of narcissistic abuse is crucial for validating potential experiences. We’ve covered the fundamental aspects of narcissistic abuse and the commonly exhibited behaviors. It’s important to note that not all narcissists display every red flag, and there’s no specific threshold for identifying them as narcissists.
Next, we will present the common red flags of narcissistic abuse organized in the typical stages they occur. Keep in mind that narcissistic abuse typically unfolds in the stages of idealize, devalue, and discard. The behaviors exhibited in each stage often hinge on the perceived value of the supply and whether the narcissist has moved on or is still in the process of abusing. The cycle repeats, and many victims find themselves returning to a narcissist up to seven times, so anticipate these tactics cycling in and out.
Frequently, when you distance yourself in a narcissistic relationship, the narcissist reverts to tactics from the idealize stage, employing lovebombing to lure you back. This isn’t a realization of love; rather, it signifies that they aren’t finished manipulating you or believe they can still extract supply from you.
Finally, we will provide insights into the vulnerabilities that make individuals susceptible to becoming victims of a narcissist. This information aims to help you comprehend the kind of supply you represent to them.