If You’re Kind & Caring, A Narcissist Sees You As Easy Prey (Here’s How To Save Yourself)

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Why A Narcissist & People With Narcissistic Personality Traits Are Attracted To Kind People
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Don’t fall into the narcissist trap.

Why do some of the nicest, kindest, and most thoughtful of us find ourselves painfully connected to a narcissist?

Time and time again, you see it. A sweet sympathetic person wound around a narcissistic finger.

Given their narcissistic personality traits, it makes sense. Even if the sensitive person knows better, their understanding nature makes a magnet for narcissists and vice versa.

The inherent problem is that their caring nature makes them want to "help", "heal", and "nurture" the narcissist.

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So, what is a narcissist?

According to Merriam-Webster, the narcissist definition is: "An extremely self-centered person who has an exaggerated sense of self-importance."

Many are familiar with the myth of Narcissus, a young Demi-God who fell in love with his reflection, but the myth only tells us about one facet of narcissistic personality traits.

The truth is that as superior as a narcissist would like us to think they are , deep down, they are vulnerable and extremely insecure individuals. And, in there, lies the rub.

Kind-hearted people love helping and, on some level, believe that they will be able to "fix" the emotional wounds of the narcissist…but at what cost?

On the other hand, the narcissist loves the attention, care, and devotion they are being given, which will eventually only serve to solidify their stronghold. This makes sense when we remember that at the base of their narcissism is deeply-rooted insecurity.

Once established, the bond becomes a vicious cycle of emotional pain and manipulation. The ultimate goal is to control, and once they are in a position of control, the narcissist works to maintain their power by slowly but surely eroding their partner’s self-esteem.

This can take many forms.

First, the relationship becomes all about them.

They do what they want, when they want, and how they want. The needs of their prey are of little concern to them unless they have something to gain from the interest.

Worse yet, as their target slowly begins to feel unfulfilled and alienated in the relationship, the narcissist will make them feel even worse by highlighting their "neediness".

Inevitably, it becomes, "Something is wrong with you" and "Normal people don’t act this way." The narcissist has their partner doubting themselves, their decisions, even their very own sanity.

Sooner or later, the sensitive caregiver will come to terms with the situation and admit how unhappy and unfulfilled they are.

This realization is key to healing because it is at this point that the decision to stay or go comes into play. Unfortunately, this tends to be a process as most caring people would rather work at improving the relationship rather than toss it.

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Inevitably though, as the narcissist recognizes their control slipping away, their efforts to maintain it increases, which only helps to reinforce their partner’s confusion and dissatisfaction. Sadly, this stage could take years — even a lifetime to get through — but once they do, the transformation is significant.

Sensitive and sympathetic people are likely to get into these situations when they don’t take the time to consider their needs fully. A lack of self-care leaves you vulnerable to a host of unhealthy situations.

My Ph.D. study on betrayal and healing from betrayal showed that the very first stage of betrayal was an imbalance between the physical/mental and the emotional/spiritual self.

In other words, when there is a lack of emotional and spiritual self-awareness, you leave yourself open to experiences that may not be in your best interest, like betrayal and narcissistic relationships.

That’s often because you've taken on so much (because you believe yourself so capable) that leaves your own needs on the back burner.

Is there any hope for genuinely loving and caring people to break out of this and find the love they truly deserve?

The answer is a resounding "yes"!

The answer goes back to self-care and loving yourself so here are 6 ways to find a little self-compassion and self-love.

1. Get into the habit of identifying your thoughts and feelings.
2. Honor yourself. If something doesn't feel right for you, then it’s simply not right for you. No explanation necessary.
3. Have the same level of expectation for both yourself and others.
4. Examine your belief system. Do your beliefs still serve you? If so, great if not, it’s time for a change.
5. Surround yourself with people who accept you the way you are and who make you feel good about yourself- even if they have to call you out on things from time to time.
6. Be true to yourself.

Remember: it is not your job to fix someone else. Yes, it’s important to help others, but your primary responsibility is to take care of yourself and love yourself. When you do that, you are able to help others in a more healthy and constructive way.

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Dr. Debi Silber is the founder of PBT Institute, a Transformational Psychologist, and a health, mindset, empowerment and personal development expert.

This article was originally published at PBT Institute. Reprinted with permission from the author.

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