We cannot change the narcissist. Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a fixed psychopathology that is very unlikely to change. What can we do if we are married to, partnered with or the adult child of a narcissist. We begin by making a resolve to strengthen ourselves on every level: psychologically, physically, mentally and spiritually (in the way that has meaning to you).
1. Research and study the best sources of information on the Narcissistic Personality Disorder. There are many excellent books, blogs, articles that are filled with quality information on this disorder. Be selective and choose the material which you recognize has the highest quality.
2. Strengthen you body with a form of cardiovascular exercise that works for you. Walking is one of the best options. Make sure that it is medically safe for you to exercise. If you don't feel like exercising, join the club. It is essential in whatever form it takes for you. Exercise includes a form of stretching (gentle yoga, for example) that keeps the body supple, flexible and youthful.
3. Get the sleep and rest that you need and deserve. People who brag about only needing two hours of sleep at night are exceedingly rare, taking naps, bending the truth or narcissists telling everyone that they are superhuman. Sleep is a magnificent healer. For example--between 11 pm and 1 am the body is rejuvenating the kidney functions. Between 1 am and 3 am the liver functions are restoring themselves. If you need to sit down, put your feet up and stop for a few minutes--do it. Don't feel guilty about not being in a constant swarm of activity. Some of our most creative moments occur when we are quiet and appear to be "doing nothing."
4. Take time each day--the amount of time is up to you--it can be short--two minutes--to practice stillness. You can do a formal meditation, chant, pray, read spiritual literature--whatever you find that calms your mind and slows down the thoughts. It takes a while to quell thousands of thoughts, sensations, feelings and memories that swirl through the mind. This is not the absence of a meditative state. Don't make judgments about how you are doing. Making the effort to sit and be is a great accomplishment.
5. Develop a support group of individuals who are empathic listeners and kind human beings. They are the "what you see is what you get" kind of people. They are not concerned about "image"--they are transparent.
6. Write each day whatever comes to mind. Writing is mysterious and healing. When we write we let go of what we are withholding from ourselves, afraid to hear or ashamed to give voice to. The amount doesn't matter. Don't make any judgments about the quality of the writing. These are to be "No Editing" sessions.
You will be amazed at what you find on the page. Writing has a magic, restorative quality.
7. Practice the art of intuition. Intuition is a kind of knowing that is faster than intellectual thought. We don't have to study to become intuitive. It is an art and a mystery. The more you exercise your intuition, the stronger it becomes. Intuition is our creative and protective companion throughout our lives.
8. Be kind to yourself. Hold yourself like a loving mother with her beloved child.
9. Tune into your creative gifts. You possess more creative energy than you can ever imagine. Creativity is occurring inside of you every moment. Express it your way--feel free and whole.
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Linda Martinez-Lewi, Ph.D.
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