* I generally write using the pronouns he/him when referring to narcissists, but females are just as likely to be narcissists or exhibit narcissistic traits. So please don't think just because article uses the word him or he that it could not be a woman in that same role.
The first thing the victims of narcissists need to know is that they are not to blame.
Not one bit.
In other words, he didn’t get mad because dinner was was late. She didn’t blow up because you are “too this” or “too that.” You didn’t “ask for it” by speaking up and saying that you deserved some attention and respect.
The narcissist attacked you just because you are there, period. Don’t you have a right to be there?
Let’s get real.
Narcissists think they have a right to punish you just for being the way you are. Think, don’t you have the right to be the way you are? Do you have to be some character in the narcissist’s fiction that conforms to his or her specifications?
Does that make any sense? That’s as hateful as the crime against humanity of attacking people just for being a certain KIND or nationality.
The narcissist attacks because he or she is a predator, period.
Predators attack any vulnerable prey that crosses their sights, period. Therefore, the prey is NEVER the one bit to blame.
It would make as much sense to blame a sheep for getting attacked by a wolf.
So what if the wolf says, “I attacked her because she is an obnoxious sheep!” What idiot falls for that line? Yet narcissist sympathizers are doing precisely this and are therefore being irrational.
The narcissist attacked just to do it, and he or she attacks any prey they have some unfair advantage over. They never pick a fair fight. They are bullies, period.
They do it to vaunt themselves on others. It gives them a high. Like as in a high from a hit on drug.
Does this mean you are a saint? Of course not. Does it mean you have never said or done anything in an argument with a narcissist that you should regret? Of course not.
You are like a bank teller who gets shot in a holdup. You are totally innocent of getting shot.
Don’t let the sloppy thinkers like narcissists and their sympathizers convince you that you are to blame because you were rude, or because you were embezzling, or because you are a drug addict.
All that is irrelevant TO HIM SHOOTING YOU.
Of course you should change those things about yourself, but the “intellectual” clowns who make out your character flaws as justifying abuse of you are complete idiots unable to see the relationship between cause and effect.
Being late with dinner is no excuse for the narcissist to attack you. Being “too this” or “too that” for his taste is no excuse for the narcissist to attack you.
Demanding decent and respectful treatment is no excuse for the narcissist to attack you.
I don’t care how “threatened” any of that makes the poor, twisted narcissist feel.
His perverted feelings are HIS problem, not yours. Like Osama bin Wanton, he will never run out of twisted excuses to irrationalize his attacks on you, so get off the guilt trip.
His perversity is not YOUR vice.
Narcissists attack you just to do it. You are therefore 100% innocent of your victimization. Blow off this absurd “It takes two to Tango” crap.
Doubtless, you will discover that there are certain things you should stop doing. Good. Now you wise up and stop being manipulated in ways that play right into the narcissist’s hands. Now you cannot be victimized.
THIS is how you stop being a victim.
But foggy-headed idiots (like those espousing the co-dependence theory) try to claim that you stop being a victim by pretending that you have never been made one.
That is magical thinking, like the narcissist’s. You HAVE been made a victim. That’s a FACT, like it or not. And “victim” is not a dirty word.
Though being a victim is nothing to aspire to and is something to avoid, being a victim is NOT a sin. It is nothing to be ashamed of.
To the contrary, the most innocent are the most unsuspecting and most easily victimized … until they have learned the hard way not to assume that other people are good. And these foggy-headed idiots who blame the victim should be able to see that. (Maybe if they stopped thinking in buzzword-laden slogans, like robots, they would.)
You stop being a victim by learning how to never again be victimized.
In some cases, the narcissist has stolen something of value from you, like your job or reputation – something you have every right to get back from the damned thief.
You stop being a victim when you win justice and get it back, period.
If You Need A Crisis Hotline Or Want To Learn More About Therapy, Please See Below:
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) – 1-800-656-4673
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
- National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-7233
- NAMI Helpline (National Alliance on Mental Illness) – 1-800-950-6264
For More Information On Mental Health, Please See:
- SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) SAMHSA Facebook, SAMHSA Twitter, SAMHSA LinkedIn, SAMHSA Youtube
- Mental Health America, MHA Twitter, MHA Facebook, MHA Instagram, MHA Pinterest, MHA Youtube
- WebMD, WebMD Facebook, WebMD Twitter, WebMD Instagram, WebMD Pinterest
- NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health), NIMH Instagram, NIMH Facebook, NIMH Twitter, NIMH YouTube
- APA (American Psychiatric Association), APA Twitter, APA Facebook, APA LinkedIN, APA Instagram
4 thoughts on “Blaming the Victim of Narcissism”
I have been through everything mentioned above & I had the courage to kick my husband out of my house and ever since I’ve kept me and my daughter away from him for 8 months. He tried to come and see my daughter & I dint allow that. Ever since I have separated myself I am happier, content, productive and mentally healthier. My daughter is happy and loved by my family, what else do I need in life!
All the love in the world to you for having a voice and using it. I hope I am in the process of figuring that out myself. You are a warrior. Thank you. Each action and voice like yours is a lifeline, a small guiding light though the thick fog to someone, like me, that may otherwise not find a way through. Thank goodness for the internet and the ability to access this. Kind regards.
I love seeing posts like this one! I am going insane… I am in a difficult relationship, and my partner has many narcissistic traits, but I think maybe I do, too. I know that we love each other, but we always seem to end up disproportionally blaming each other, rather than accepting any of the blame ourselves… and I ALWAYS end up in tears and questioning my own beliefs and arguments. So, posts like this are AMAZINGLY helpful!
I wonder if your partner ends up in tears or questions themself? Did your narcissistic tendencies predate your relationship or develop in reaction to your dealing with the insanity of the relationship? I know, in my similar situation, I also recognize some narcissistic tendencies in myself and wonder if he’s right when he accuses me of being the narc… point of fact- he NEVER EVEN WONDERS!