I love this Lindsay! I couldn’t agree more. These relationships, however excruciatingly painful, serve us by lighting the path home to our authentic selves and in the end are a blessing in disguise. I look back now and have to laugh at what I put up with — there were so many warning signs! I wish I could travel backwards and hug the woman who believed she could love someone enough to change them. When your needs and feelings are managed down and invalidated a little bit at a time, sooner or later you are conditioned not to have them. It’s a form of brain washing. I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve received throughout the whole ordeal and everyday I thank my lucky stars that I got away from such a toxic situation. He was a bully in every sense of the word. I shudder thinking about him.
I’m so grateful that there are so many people willing to talk about their experiences with narcissists. It truly helped me to learn how similar they all are. Textbook reactions with little individual deviation. Congrats on being able to get out alive with your head held high and your sense of self in tact. Hopefully our stories will inspire others to know they can do it as well. ❤