Support Groups for Victims of Narcissism
Many people have traits of narcissism, but there are some who have full-blown Narcissistic Personality Disorder and victims of the abuse these types of people inflict can have long-term devastating effects. Before jumping to the support groups in this article, it would be helpful to read through and see if the person you are describing as a Narcissist actually fits the psychiatric criteria for a diagnosis. This is because it is easy to call someone a Narcissist when they actually may just have one or two traits of the disorder.
According to the Mayo Clinic, those with this mental disorder have an inflated sense of their own importance and an obsession with having people admire them. They believe that they are better than everyone else and have no empathy for others. They are extremely vulnerable to the slightest criticism. If you believe that you have been a victim of Narcissistic abuse, then browse through the following symptoms to see if they match up:
Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder include:
- The belief that they are better than others
- Fantasies about power, money, success and attractiveness
- Exaggerating talents or achievements
- Demanding constant praise and admiration
- The belief that they are special
- Lack of empathy
- Expectations of everyone going along with their ideas and plans
- Taking advantage of others
- Showing extreme disgust for those they feel are inferior
- Extreme jealousy
- The belief that others are jealous of them
- Lack of healthy relationships
- Setting unrealistic goals for themselves and others
- Feelings of rejection and hurt over slight occurrences
- Fragile self-esteem
- Appearing to be unemotional
Living with a spouse or a parent that is a narcissist can be very trying and hard at times. Especially if one of their traits is that they are never wrong and can do no wrong. The fact that they think they are never wrong makes their lack of empathy even harder to handle.
If a narcissist hurts a person in some way, the narcissist has a way of making it even worse by not even being able to admit they were wrong in the first place let alone saying they are sorry. A narcissist has a way of turning their wrongs onto you, and blaming you for their shortcomings.
For those that are or have been victims of Narcissism, there are online support groups that can help you understand, heal and move on:
If you have been a victim of Narcissism, there are others who have been where you are. Reach out to the above support groups and begin the healing process. Connecting with others who have been in similar relationships can be a tremendous help to you.