There’s an opportunity waiting for you within this narcissistic relationship (or any other) muck, and you have a choice: do you uncover it, learn from it, and even use it as a catalyst for profound personal transformation and growth? Or, do you not?
Do you have a boundary that needs to be set? If you do, consider why you haven’t already set it.
For me, fear’s usually to blame. When it comes to setting boundaries I’m generally afraid of:
This post piggybacks off my latest podcast episode: Self-Care Practices I Use When Engaging with Master Manipulators. If you haven’t watched or listened to it yet, I invite you to do so. It’s a short 21 minutes🧘🏻♀️. In the podcast, I walk you through some simple self-care practices that I employ that have made a tangible difference in my sanity and energy levels post-engagement with a master manipulator.
*Cue terrible ringtone circa 2006(ish).* My heart started racing and massive anxiety set in. I did NOT want to take this call…
The requisite small talk – I disdain small talk – took place. And then, mic drop #1: “You can’t stay with me anymore when you’re in town.” As predicted, the raging, gaslighting, and belittling ensued.
We all have people in our lives who challenge our sanity, at least from time to time. Their motives matter not, and I’ve taken to call them my spiritual sandpaper.
The spiritual sandpaper I’m referring to in this post is my daughter’s father. The backstory is that he sued me for custody shortly before her 11th birthday.