The below is a response to this article and others like it: How Narcissists Play the Victim and Twist the Story
All I ever see in these articles about the evil narcissists are massive amounts of projection and an incapacity to actually look at oneself. Meaning the author is not looking at themselves or so-called regular people very honestly. I don’t know any human being that doesn’t do what supposedly these narcissists do on some level or another. it’s very much a spectrum and so it becomes very easy and convenient to point the finger at all the evil narcissists –who can essentially be anyone we are disagreeing with. The secret is everybody has some narcissism within them and everybody acts this way sometimes and yes it is a spectrum but to start splitting people up like this is a form of, yes projection, and divisiveness and quite often it is a way to demonize people we find difficult. Anyway this is not black and white but these articles are always presented as such and it’s rather nauseating and disappointing because we continue to demonize and other our fellow human beings. Our fellow family members. As long as we continue to other and actively ostracize we will not heal our family. There are ways of making boundaries without othering and without ostracizing– let’s find them.
When we label people in ways that demonize or pathologize people.(like other psychiatric labels, not just the characterological ones) we create a category of human being “other” than normal, regular…etc. Sorry to say but we are a messy bunch and there really is no regular or normal…we’re all wounded messes and those wounds manifest in very different ways. We need to find compassion and love for all our woundedness if we have any hope for saving our species and all the others that inhabit this earth.
One last thought: nasty, unpleasant people are wounded people. We might not always want to be around them and quite often it’s wise to find ways to avoid folks who are nasty and unconscious for whatever reason. That may simply be part of taking care of ourselves. Avoiding situations that overwhelm our people skill capacities or making good boundaries is different than demonizing them. Finding ways to understand and have compassion for everyone we encounter has become one of my main practices. I did this even as I forgave my rapist. I’m not talking about something that I don’t have to work on, just like everyone else does. It’s also important to understand that OUR relationship to said difficult person does not speak to what is possible for that person with another human being. We have completely unique relationships with everyone we encounter. Someone we have a really bad relationship with may have other very good, positive, healthy relationships with others. We are always one half of the dynamic of every relationship. Whenever we find ourselves in a difficult dynamic with a person we want to dismiss as a narcissist WE are part of that dynamic. That person might be fine with others or some others even if not everyone. All of this helps us ease our inflexibility and we find that more is possible that we might have first imagined.
What is NORMAL?
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