Survivor Stories: I'm In a Better Space Now.

I did not know what I was dealing with. My narc portrayed themselves as a life coach. Their feed was always spiritual, creating zen events and always giving advice on dating. Always saying how in love they were with their life. What I experienced was completely the opposite. I’m a very easy-going, friendly person. I could not pinpoint what this monstrous personality was. Every time I was nice friendly and polite, this narc was always on deck ready to shoot me down. Anything I said, shot down. Over and over. If someone else would say the exact thing I did, they would be praised and given a shout out on a post on how amazing that person was to say something so profound. It was a dual personality for sure. Possibly more.

Online, this narc seemed to have it all together. Therefore, wanting to share love and peace to the world. Not so in person. Offline, this narc was constantly provoking fights. Saying inappropriate things. Pushing the limits just to get a reaction. Loved to say things that made people uncomfortable, as if to see just how much they can get away with. Online, this narc needed a lot of self-praise. Saw themselves as high class. Offline they behaved badly, had poor table manners and lacked refined, classy social skills. Their image did not match their actions. My mind was so twisted, like a roller coaster trying to figure this out and heal from all the wounds they left.

This went on for a few years. Every day, even still today I’m dealing with being haunted by what they did, what they said. I’m still trying to figure how to completely erase them from my memory and move forward. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon the Little Shaman that I understood what was happening. This narc wasn’t smart. Very predictable, in fact. I just didn’t know how to explain the turmoil they were causing within me. Each time I listened to the Little Shaman, things began to make sense. I got a lot of clarification and validation from this.

Now it was A + B = C, the narc. Everything the Little Shaman said was crossing all T’s and dotting all I’s. Little Shaman, you were nailing this narc to the wall on every post. Now I knew what I was dealing with. How to heal and protect myself. Why things happened the way they did. And what to do. I learned my narc was a Grandiose Narc, who would love bomb all over social media. Heavily into magical thinking. How their world really is and not what they portray it to be. How they have this internal battle going on. Why they throw tantrums.

I realized this narc was just fooling everyone. They aren’t spiritual or zen. They just use that to lure in more victims to feed their supply. This totally made sense and explained why this Grandiose Narc is addicted to online dating. It’s perfect to provide supply to fulfill their needs, then just toss people away and continue to the next. This narc just learned to speak with conviction to be a convincing Life Coach. Their razor-sharp words, games and actions is not what a real Life Coach would advise or do. This is when I realized this Grandiose Narc could potentially be a dangerous person to the weak. Hence, why it would never work between us. This narc knew they couldn’t run their game on me.

I endured years of this verbal and mental abuse. Trying to figure out where I was doing wrong. Why we could never find a middle ground. Why we couldn’t be friends. Why it was so difficult to get along. It made no sense. Every interaction I had always had me asking, “Where is the nice Life Coach from online? The adult in front of me who is throwing another 2 year old tantrum is not a Life Coach.” I was so confused. Why was this narc always charming and pleasing to everyone but me? Why are they so hot and cold? Why does this narc make up a lot of stories? Why does this narc always try to flip the story, and never can admit they were wrong? Through the help, clarity and explanations of The Little Shaman I was able to heal quicker.

I’m in a better space now since I can now distinguish what their actions were. I'm less stressed because I understand what this personality is and how they move about in the world. This Grandiose Narc is not in my life. Although I’m still dealing with having survived this Grandiose Narc, my anxiety is no longer triggered. I’m no longer shot down at every turn. Thanks, Little Shaman.

Mel M.

Survivor Stories: Thank You For Showing Me Your True Colors.

In a relationship with him for 1 year and 4 months. We were in a long-distance relationship. As we all know, the love bombing from a narc is super exciting! It felt like he was my true love, he treated me so special, introduced me to his family and already talked about marriage. I had known this guy (at the time we started dating) for about 8 years. I was friends with him when he got married and then he got divorced because his ex-wife cheated on him. He told me the story and blamed her for everything. When we were in a relationship, he often bad-mouthed his ex-wife.

And then some painful things happened, things that a lover will never do to a person they love.

1. He was verbally abusive. He called me a bitch and a psychotic stalker. There was time when he had a rough time and ignored me, so I asked what was wrong. Because of that I got called a psychotic stalker. I was really mad that time and I asked him to apologize for that heartbreaking title and he didn’t. Instead, he sent me a GIF of a man laughing so hard, like he was laughing in my face saying, "No, I won’t ever apologize for that."

2. He ignored me most of the time. He even left me without saying anything, putting me in silent treatment twice. And each silent treatment lasted for about 1 month. I was going crazy that time and I bet he enjoyed it. I bet he enjoyed there was a person begging for him.

3. He tended to avoid discussion to solve problems. Everytime I wanted to discuss things to solve things, he saw it as me trying to pick a fight. I swear I never intended to start a fight, because this whole time I was the one who apologized everytime we had arguments and ended up crying. I never wanted a fight with him.

4. He blocked me in every argument, then disappeared. Just like that: silent treatment.

5. He often made me jealous by bringing up names from his past. He accused me of cheating and I swore I didn’t. I once got sick and he didn’t even believe me. He said, "I don’t care."

6. He hijacked every conversation. Everytime I wanted to share my story of the day, everytime I wanted to complain about things (which I rarely do), he would slowly change the topic and focus to him. He didn’t seem to care about what happened to me.

7. When he had a problem I had to be there for him or else he would get moody. But when I had a problem, he was never there to calm me down.

8. He talked bad about me to his sister and I don’t know what he said to her. All I know is that his sister hated me. She didn’t know what her brother had done to me. I didn’t tell her because I kept blaming myself.

From all those things I mentioned, I forgave him. I forgave him for everything.

I stayed by his side even though he left me twice and came back. 

Early in March, we didn’t talk that much for 2 weeks. That made me miss him so much. And as usual, he didn’t understand, no matter how many times I said i miss him. March 13th, he left me. He dumped me because he said he doubted that he wanted to continue to handle the emotional rollercoaster. You know what? I only missed him. Is it so wrong that i missed him so much and he didn’t try to understand and it made me cranky?

Then he blocked me after that message. I tried to let go.

Then a week after that, i found out he is in a relationship with a new girl. And you know what? They started dating on March 13. I broke into pieces.

That’s when I realized he cheated on me.

The date he left me is the date of him dating a new girl.

Nobody will jump to relationships out of blue so I’m sure he had been flirting with her while he was still with me.

Can you imagine how broken I was when I found it out? I fell sick, I cried every single night, I almost did self harm because the pain in my heart killing me inside. I wanted to cut myself to replace the pain in my heart that I couldn’t see or touch. But I stopped when I was about to do it. I realized it wouldn’t do anything good for me. I shared my story with my best friends and let them know what happened to me and let them know that I desperately needed help. And also I asked for help from a professional for my mental condition.

I’ve now blocked him in every contact and social media in case he starts hoovering. I don’t want him. I want my peace back. I want my mental health back. I feel better now. I realize my self-worth and I don’t care anything about him anymore. Let the new supply realize that by herself. I won’t say anything. 

Dear Narcissistic Ex,

I loved you

I cared about you

but I was wrong.

You were sick that whole time

Trash will always attract trash.

And thank you for showing me your true colors.

Anonymous

Survivor Stories: Thank God For Friends.

I met him at work. He presented as a kind, healing, spiritual person. We became close very quickly. Text messages several times a day. I thought he was my soul mate. It seemed he needed me. Then I started making him upset with something that I said. I was constantly explaining and putting out fires. I remember re-wording text messages over and over before I sent them, hoping he would not get upset. He wanted to start a business and needed help with a website. I sat with the web designer (who he constantly criticized). He wanted a donation button on the website. I used my bank and personal info since he had no credit and lots of debts. He used the donation button to get money from another woman, I found out later. She is now his current supply. I suddenly could do nothing right. I went from the pedestal to the ground very quickly. Ghosted. Verbally abused. Told me I was crazy when I called him out on the account. Raged at me.

By the time he dramatically discarded me I was defeated, lost and could not get through a conversation without crying. I thought I was what he told me I was: useless, old and crazy. Thank God for friends, channels like The Little Shaman and therapy. I finished school and got a degree. I lost the fifty pounds I put on when he left. But it was the most  devastating experience and the hardest thing I have ever had to get through. Tough life lesson. These people will destroy you if you let them. I think he wanted to see me suicidal or arrested. It has been a while now and some days are still hard. 

DeAnn

Survivor Stories: I can live without the narcissist and will continue to!

It started two years ago. He was very uncommitted from the beginning. I didn't see the signs right away. Then it quickly became all about him. What he liked to eat, where he wanted to go. When it came to the holidays, he made up many excuses not to go to either family. Mind you, he always went to see his own family by himself.

He was also bipolar. Had a psychotic paranoid break and ended up living with his parents. Again, 8 months of totally ignoring me! When he got his own apartment again, he would stay with me. I mistakenly let him. Then he ghosted, blamed me. Pitted his parents against me (flying monkeys), never gave me his new address, etc... The last straw was when I got really ill and it was all still about him. He started acting very needy (fake). I came to the conclusion that I would be attending to his needs for the rest of my life. I needed help! So I abruptly ended it. Even blocked him from my phone, all Emails and social media. This was about 6 months ago. I’m doing great! Now when I think about it, it’s a total turn off! This is someone I thought at one point I couldn't live without! Well I am and will definitely continue too!

Jolene