The science is out, and it is now more evident than ever before that long-term narcissistic abuse can cause brain damage. If you are in a relationship with a narcissist, then you may want to sit tight and give this article a read to the end.
Those of us who are or have been with a narcissist knows how draining it can be to be around them. And even though narcs show us NO LOVE (because narcs cannot love), many of us still choose to stay with them.
There are many reasons to which make many people stay with narcissists despite their antagonistic actions towards us.
Specifically, these reasons being trauma bonding and being romantically addicted to the narc.
Check out my article “Why No Contact Is So Difficult” to get a better understanding.
It is not as “emotional” as you may think it is.
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The Narcissists Affect On Your Brain
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The abuse that narcissist lash out on their victims is not always physical. Most often, the abuse is psychological.
Narcs, as I like to call them, are psychological warriors. They like to hurt their victims psychologically.
And they do this by:
- gaslighting us
- constantly complaining
- tearing down our self-esteem
- invalidating our emotions
- smear campaigning us
These are, to name a FEW. Narcs love the idea of psychological torture.
Check out the comic strip below. It illustrates how narcs will DO WRONG and rationalize it by shifting the blame on to someone else.
What Do Their Actions Do To Us In The Long-Term?
The long-term effects that being with a narc can cause two major issues. The first being, swelling of the amygdala, and the second being shrinking of the hippocampus.
Now why this is salient information is because of the effects the swelling and the shrinking do to us cognitively.
What do I mean?
Allow me to explain.
The amygdala is responsible for controlling all of our primal functions. These functions being:
- heart rate
Now pay attention to this. See what the amygdala functions?
Passion and fear.
This is precisely why it is so difficult for some people to move on from their narc. They are so compelled (because of the swelling of their amygdala) to stay with their narc.
Many of us have an extreme desire to love and change our narc for the better. And many of us also have a fear that if we leave them, then the narc will hurt us.
So the statement, or rather the argument, “why don’t they just leave” isn’t a fair statement. And it also shows the lack of understanding of many people’s parts.
The person that stays with the narc doesn’t CONSCIOUSLY know why they stay with the narc. It now becomes a more subconscious desire, or fear, in this case, to stay with their abuser.
The hippocampus is a part of the brain that is responsible for short-term memory, as well as teaching.
Now when you have a shrinking of the hippocampus, it becomes much easier for the narc to play the gaslighting game and blame-shifting game.
“I didn’t do that.”
“I didn’t say that.”
“You have such a BAD MEMORY.”
See where I am going with this?
Narcs are masters…MASTERS of psychological warfare.
This is why so many of us feel confused and even CRAZY. We begin to doubt ourselves because we no longer can remember if we did or didn’t do something the narc said.
Can This Be Reversed?
I am SO EXCITED to say that the effects that these parasites (the narc) have infected upon us CAN BE REVERSED.
You CAN take back your mental and psychological health. And the way to do this is through… GUIDED MEDITATION.
Guided Meditation has been shown and proven (read full article “HARVARD MRI STUDY SHOWS MEDITATION REBUILDS BRAIN’SBRAIN’S GREY MATTER IN 8 WEEKS“) to increase your grey matter in your brain. Thus REPAIRING the brain structure once again.
There are also other things you can do to repair your brain structure. With these different methods being:
- essential oils
- Eye Movement Desensiatzion and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
Long-term Narcissistic Abuse Can Cause Brain Damage: Take Back Your Health
Long-term narcissistic abuse can cause brain damage, but it is possible to take back your health and live your life happy once again.
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I highly recommend that you try the Guided Meditation lessons. Also, you can get into contact with a highly qualified therapist who can offer one on one therapy session.
You may feel like you are broken at the moment…and you may be broken.
You can always put yourself back together. And with guided meditation, you actively take the necessary steps to get your life back on track.
You may have lost some time and health with the narc. But you can NOW reclaim your time, health, and life once again.
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