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Divorcing a Narcissist: Almost as Bad as Being Married to One

 

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Often couples come to therapy seeking help with either fixing their relationship or deciding whether or not to end it. Sometimes one of them will insist it is all the other person's fault and spend every session deflecting and blaming while refusing to look at themselves. Interestingly, it is usually the one who has done the most harm. If things escalate to divorce that same person will increasingly involve the children with no regard to their welfare. I have even seen cases where the person who had no relationship with the family dog fights for custody of it.  

A divorce from a narcissist can bring out more of their sadistic and selfish side. And to make matters worse, if there are children involved, the battles continue even after the divorce. They withhold money, don't communicate, and blame the other parent. 

It is as if you are divorced TO them instead of FROM them.

If you are in a marriage or relationship (or divorce) with a narcissist, consider seeking professional help for yourself. They know how to get under your skin and hit you where it hurts. Supportive psychotherapy can help you find ways to better manage the turmoil and enable you to take control and finally have the upper hand. Please give me a call or send me an email to discuss how I can be of assistance to you.

 

There's a nice New York Times article on divorcing a narcissist found here: ARTICLE

And a good book entitled: "Will I Ever Be Free of You?"

 

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