There is a hidden and insidious type abuse that lurk within our culture today. Sometimes this abuse does not leave physical signs or bruises, but it causes lasting scars that can damage a person’s self-worth. This abuse causes effects that allow it to thrive, essentially removing the victim’s self-esteem, causing them to feel perpetually broken and worthless.
It is narcissistic abuse. It is real. It is damaging.
Narcissistic Abuse Is Harmful and Damaging to Victims
Victims of narcissistic abuse suffer grave effects, including a devastating loss of self-esteem.
When we have low self-esteem and things go wrong in our lives we can automatically go into self-destructive mode by not look after ourselves, entering unhealthy relationships, eating disorders and wanting to change the way we look through cosmetic surgery. We try to look for the validation outside of ourselves anyway possible and when it doesn’t help we can start to feel worthless and desperate.Michelle Martin and Laura Kelly
Sufferers who have experienced narcissistic abuse speak of the feeling of losing touch with reality and a profound loss of self-efficacy.
Identifying Narcissistic Abuse
Narcissistic abuse is notoriously difficult to identify. Women can identify narcissistic abuse when they become empowered through knowledge and support as to what the abuse entails:
Continuous narcissist abuse affects your self-esteem and self-worth, you can start to believe that you are not good enough because to a narcissist no one is good enough. You can end up losing your own voice and echo the behavior of the narcissist to please them. You can slowly lose your own identity and become dependent on the one person that is making your life hell.Michelle Martin and Laura Kelly
The Warning Signs Of Narcissistic Abuse
Victims may be empowered and validated by learning the warning signs of narcissistic abuse.
5 Warning Signs of Narcissistic Abuse
- Using coercion as means of control
- Avoiding attachment to punish and control
- Blaming and shaming the victim
- Creating an environment where the victim has to walk on eggshells to avoid altercations and abuse
Betrayal Trauma Recovery Supports Victims of Narcissistic Abuse
At BTR, we understand the horrifying impact that narcissistic abuse can have on a woman’s mind and body. We believe that all women deserve emotional, mental, spiritual, and sexual safety.
Victims deserve support and validation as they begin their journey to safety and healing. The Betrayal Trauma Recovery Group meets daily in every time zone. Join today and find a community of women who get it; process your trauma, express your feelings, and create deep, lasting connections with empathetic and strong women.
Remember, you are not alone.