…amage seeps into your core, your heart, and your inner child on a much deeper, more profound level. The recovery from the type of trauma that a narc causes is like trying to heal your body from the inside out. Wounds seem to continually be gashed open again simply by hearing a phrase or smelling an odor, or by seeing a place where an abusive event took place. Somehow the injuries are much more complex. The abuse of a narcissist will cause you self doubt, eg…
Thank you for sharing this with us. You've painted a very accurate and important distinction between the two.
Anyone who knew any surface level information about my ex, would always tell me to 'just walk away' without understanding how impossible that was. Not just because of the mental and emotional damage that had been done, but also for my physical safety.
I am deeply sorry for your experience Kristina, but I applaud you for sharing your story.