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Now available to buy from the publishers below by clicking below, and soon to be stocked by Amazon. The Life Doctor. Supriya McKenna. How to leave a narcissist and 'stay gone' - Dr Supriya McKenna explains. Narcissistic relationships usually begin with covert emotional abuse perhaps just mild criticisms to start with which slowly ramp up as the recipient grows accustomed to it. As time goes on put downs, invalidation, gas-lighting and all the many other behaviours typical of narcissistic abuse can become quite pronounced.
So why does it take so long to finally leave? Most people will consider leaving during one of the many devaluation phases they experience, and may even tell the narcissist of their intention. And this is when the narcissist will pull out all the stops to get you back. This is absolutely critical. At the very least, if you stay in touch, you may be drawn into their harem of admirers and sycophants, to be toyed with whenever they need an extra boost of narcissistic supply.
No Contact may be impossible to do if you work with them or share children with them, in which case you will have to minimise contact with them as far as possible. But if you do not have these constraints then committing to having absolutely no contact with the narcissist is key. You are, quite literally from a neurochemical perspective addicted to the narcissist.
Not only are you undergoing the pain of the grief of the loss of the relationship, but you are withdrawing from heroin figuratively speaking at the same time. Chapter 1 I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost… I am helpless. It takes forever to find a way out. Chapter 2 I walk down the street. I fall in again. It still takes a long time to get out. Chapter 3 I walk down the same street. I see it is there. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately. Chapter 4 I walk down the same street.
I walk around it. Chapter 5. The Life Doctor Blog. The Certainty Project - a new way to avoid court delays in divorces involving a narcissist. If you are currently going through the court system to divorce your narcissistic spouse in the UK you will doubtless be tearing your hair out.
But now, sadly, things have reached a whole new level and the system, as most lawyers will tell you, is well past breaking point. But what does this mean for you and your divorce? Well, in a word, it means delay. A completely separate court route will be taken here, in addition to the financial path, with yet more hearings. If allegations of abuse or parental alienation have been made as they so often have been where a narcissist is involved , there will be expert reports to be done by CAFCASS or social services which can take months to be completed, and which may favour the narcissist, who is a master of impression management.
If the allegations are about you, you may not be allowed unsupervised contact with your children, and you may even have to pay for an agreed person to supervise the time you spend with your children. And all of this can go on for literally years, until the final decision is made by a judge.
The problem with judges Judges, who are chronically overworked, may not even have a background in family law. They may not have time to read the paperwork before the trial and may be unfamiliar with your case. They too might be taken in by the plausibility of the narcissist. Although they try hard to put any biases to one side, they are not infallible and, like everyone, are affected by their unconscious biases - they may not realise that you remind them of the aunt they used to loathe, or that your former spouse is like their long-lost brother.
And, because judges are in short supply, you may even end up with lay magistrates, with no legal background, hearing your case instead. The problem with delays The long months that stretch out between your court hearings are also a problem when your spouse is a narcissist.
Remember that narcissists need 'narcissistic supply' as fuel, and keeping you in a battle for as long as possible gives them just this, from the drama and the conflict. It gives them the opportunity to mess around, changing jobs or reducing their earnings, hiding or giving away assets and turning up to the marital home to take items when you are out.
It gives them the opportunity to try to turn the children against you, or use them as weapons of their abuse. It allows them plenty of time to send you nonsensical ranting accusatory s and texts which send you into an emotional tailspin, or to threaten you or your loved ones with blackmail. It gives them time to send your solicitor pointless letters, via their own solicitor, if they have one, about trivial matters, just to make you spend money on legal fees in responding.
If you are hoping that it will be fair - well, you may be disappointed there too - the judge can only go on what they are given, and the narcissist will lie and withhold evidence at every turn. In short, going to court with a narcissist and allowing a judge to decide the fate of your finances and the fate of your children after a long and acrimonious battle is likely to be a very bad idea indeed for your finances, your sanity, your ability to parent and your healing journey from narcissistic abuse.
Narcissistic divorces cost each spouse tens of thousands of pounds, often reaching the hundred thousand pound mark, precisely because of the delays which the narcissist uses to financially and emotionally abuse you. So what can you do? Well, all is not lost. The Certainty Project is a brand new method of reaching a resolution which can work for both child arrangements and sorting out the finances.
It is cheaper costing a third to two thirds of the cost of going to court , quicker lasting around sixth months and fairer than the court process, and it works beautifully with narcissists. Being slightly cynical, your solicitor stands to gain a lot more financially from a long drawn out court case then a six month process - although of course not all solicitors are this unscrupulous. Here you may have to do something you are not used to you have, most likely, a fairly compliant personality, given that you have found yourself in this current situation.
You may have to stand up for yourself and insist that they consider it as a serious option. You may even have to go against their advice, and instruct them that this is the route you wish to take. Not easy, I know, but your if you are brave enough to divorce a narcissist, you are brave enough to tell your solicitor what to do, believe me. So what exactly is it? The Certainty Project is a private route, as opposed to the state route.
It involves the combination of mediation and the hiring a private judge, called an Arbitrator, who will be in charge of keeping everything moving. You first start out by undergoing a specialist form of meditation called Hybrid Mediation where you and your narcissistic ex sit in different rooms with your respective lawyers and a specialist Hybrid Mediator moves between the rooms, trying to negotiate an outcome. The Hybrid Mediator is a lawyer themselves who has been further trained in the technique of Hybrid Mediation.
The final stage is that the decision made by the arbitrator is sent to the court to be approved by it, which is the quickest bit of the process. That decision is now enforceable by law. The Certainty Project gives you the chance to try to reach a negotiated outcome with your narcissistic ex, with the sure knowledge that - if you cannot - a sensible and decision will be made for you. Arbitrators differ from state appointed family law judges in that they all have to have a very high level of training in family law, and will have undergone specialist training to become Arbitrators.
You can be sure that your Arbitrator will have read the papers and be properly acquainted with the details of your case, unlike with some overstretched judges in the state system. And you and your ex get to choose your Arbitrator rather than being ased a judge or lay magistrate over whom you have no say. They might also like the fact that it will cost them less money than going to court - but the speed of it is not something to be emphasized when you are trying to convince them to agree to it - remember that narcissists love delay and want to keep you in play as a reliable source of narcissistic supply for as long as possible.
So, even if it means going against a reluctant, late adopter solicitor, give it a try - your mental health, your bank balance and your children could all benefit. For more information, including information for your solicitor on how the process works, visit www. In fact, to a greater or lesser degree, everyone a narcissist comes into contact with will be subjected to their behaviours, whether they realise it or not, and that includes you, as the divorce lawyer. The process of divorce provides fuel to a narcissist in terms of narcissistic supply , and the legal system, with its delays and inefficiencies, is a playground for a narcissist.
Recognising past narcissistic behaviours that you may have been subjected to will help you to recognise the patterns when they occur in the future, so that you can be prepared for what is to come and make contingencies for it. The 30 point checklist below will help you to identify the most common characteristics of a lawyer-client dynamic where a narcissist is involved. Whilst not every one of these behaviours will occur with every narcissist, a pattern should emerge, nonetheless. Did they seem highly charming, plausible and very likeable in your first meeting?
Did you feel flattered by the high regard in which they seemed to hold you at first? Did they initially present themselves as a hard done by victim, gaining your sympathy? Did they begin to monopolise you, chatting about unrelated matters on your billable time? Did they need to be chased up for paperwork repeatedly? Did you find yourself providing incomplete disclosure to the court and to the other side?
Did you feel that they were not interested in your advice unless it agreed with their own views? Did you feel that your professional boundaries were being blurred or overstepped and you were made to work in a way which was outside of your normal working practice? Did they insist upon specific wording, of their own choice, be used in correspondence with the other side against your advice?
Did you eventually feel like a mere mouthpiece for their views? Did you find yourself drafting and re-drafting letters to the other side for them? Did you find yourself not charging for all the hours you spent on their case? Did you find yourself denying allegations of bullying or undesirable behaviour on their behalf to the other side? Did you gain a sense of them wishing to annihilate their former partner, which was out of proportion to the circumstances? Did they argue with or not pay your bill? Were their offers to the other side unfeasible, unreasonable and unfair, giving a sense that they felt entitled to everything and their spouse to nothing?
Did they constantly change the goalposts when you felt you were close to agreeing in negotiations with the other side? Did you feel that you were made to work in a way that was unprofessional? Did you notice the tone of their correspondence was accusatory, ranting and contradictory? Were you surprised at how the case you originally thought was straightforward in nature became unnecessarily drawn out and difficult?
Had they instructed other lawyers prior to you which had not worked out, with no good reason given? Did they focus on minutiae when it came to their spouse, refusing to look at the bigger picture? Did they start to criticise you and question your professionalism and your competence? If they went to mediation, did the process breakdown, causing only delays and expense? Did they seem keen to go all the way through the court system, especially to a final trial? Did they make a formal complaint about you or threaten to do so? If you would like to learn more about how to deal with narcissistic clients please do take a look at our book co-authored with family lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and collaborative lawyer Karin Walker "Narcissism and Family Law - a Practitioner's Guide".
Our Podcast series, "Narcissists in Divorce - the lure, the loss and the law", is also packed full of information for the family lawyer as well as for the general public. The facts. Diagnosing Narcissism Is my partner a narcissist? How, after all these years together, are they able to treat me so terribly? Did they ever love me? How could they have changed persona so much? Are they mentally ill? Do they have a brain tumour? What has happened to the person I once knew?
Have they disappeared? Was it all an act? How could they have kept it up for so long? Where did all the rage come from? Can they be diagnosed? These are just some of the questions that I regularly get asked by my clients.How to get away from a narcissistic husband
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