Welcome to the Heal & Thrive After Narcissistic Abuse podcast, where I discuss the steps of recovery following narcissistic abuse while sharing personal accounts from my own experience and healing journey.
In this episode I discuss a recent experience in the hope that I can process it and it can serve as a cautionary tale for my listeners. Also, I touch upon the signs you are dealing with an overt (and somatic) narcissist — the charming, good looking opportunist.
Even when we survivors of narcissistic abuse feel we have regained our sense of self back and are thriving, we can experience what feel like setbacks months even years after the end of narcissistic abuse. In this episode, I discuss my recent struggles a little over a year after the end of the toxic relationship and what can be done to get us back to our center and thriving again.
In this episode I discuss my own one year anniversary coming out of a toxic relationship with a covert, malignant narcissist and celebrating recovery from this narcissistic abuse. I discuss how you can celebrate and mark this triumphant moment in your life. Also, I discuss red flags to look for when dating again or entering into a new relationship
I discuss recurring nightmares and the feelings they trigger. I also discuss how we can heal from them in our waking hours. Through a personal experience of a different kind of loss, I discuss how other life experiences in recovery such as a death in the family or another traumatic event may affect survivors of abuse on a deeper level. Lastly I discuss the methods to continue healing and moving on in a positive direction.
Healing from trauma is not always a linear process. You may encounter setbacks as survivors of narcissistic abuse. But there are tools and ways to get back on track. In this episode we discuss those challenges, setbacks and methods through a personal example of what it was like for me and the steps I am taking now.
Recovery from narcissistic abuse is a process but you can and will get to a place where you see everything clearly, reconnect with your inner self, certain of your own truth and feeling great again about your life and life in general.
In this episode, we discuss the narcissist’s hoover and how even an indirect seemingly innocuous hoover can retraumatize a survivor. A recent personal experience with this is discussed as an example of what it looks like and what can happen when the survivor is triggered into breaking no contact.
This episode takes us on a personal journey from toxicity to recovery following narcissistic abuse. We discuss the first 3 steps to take right after the breakup from a narcissist and how to engage in self-care in order to heal and thrive.
In this episode we go into a deeper discussion about gaslighting as a method of abuse that the narcissist utilized over the course of a toxic relationship thereby creating cognitive dissonance in their partner. Real life examples, from the milder to the more extreme, are also discussed. Lastly, we touch upon how we can begin to break free from the self doubt and confusion we are left with having come out of such an unhealthy experience.
We briefly touch upon what if feels like for survivors after coming out of a toxic relationship with a narcissist. About the depression and feelings of isolation we may and often do experience. We also briefly discuss coping mechanisms and the time it will take to recover.
In this episode, we discuss how the narcissist trivializes their partner and his or her accomplishments, and how this form of abuse is highly damaging and psychologically destructive. Personal examples are given to show how it can manifest. We also discuss the survivors’ need for justice and vindication and how we can cope with all of those feelings.