Beliefnet
How Great Thou Part

Divorce a cheater and society will tell you they hate them.

Divorce an addict and society will wonder how you stayed so long.

Divorce an abuser and society will tell you that you should have left long ago.

Divorce a narcissist and society will tell you that you are crazy.

beach-black-leather-jacket-blond-2379179One of the greatest angsts of leaving a narcissist is they present well to the world.

Friends and strangers alike will see the overtly bad behavior of a cheater, a liar, an abuser or an addict. There will be a public outcry. A demand that one must be treated better.

There will be an obvious enabler and a more obvious individual who is behaving badly.

However, the individual who dares divorce a narcissist will meet quite a different societal response. There will be no public outcry. No demand that one must be treated better. There will be no clear vision that one spouse is actually an enabler and that the other is behaving badly.

Why?

A narcissist is two people.

They are attractive, charming and successful.

They are also cold, cruel and ruthless.

The inherent lack of empathy, something which is a development trait learned in childhood – results in a Jekyll to a Hyde personality.

Society will attempt to understand what you are saying and going through. However, they will still question it.  Because logic will tell them if there were truly a Jekyll and Hyde why haven’t they met them both?

Most people won’t meet the flip side of a narcissist.

That persona is reserved for those closest to them and periodically, a few people who work too closely with them.

Why?

Narcissists do not tend to form deep attachments and therefore have an improved ability to remain ‘surface’ charming. In addition, it is because a narcissist lives in their own world.

As long as you do not complicate or injure their world they will remain charming.

However, if in the narcissist’s perception one dares to anger, offend, hurt them or interfere with their world – they will stop at almost nothing to punish this person.

This is just another reason divorcing a narcissist is impossible.

They aren’t interested in a divorce. They are interested in control, retribution, and punishment.

Society will continue to view this seemingly light-hearted and charming person.

How could this affable personality inflict bullying, emotional abuse, financial abuse, and more on their spouse and possibly their children?

Society will convince themselves that they are missing something.

This is a successful, charming individual after all.

Perhaps the other spouse is exaggerating? Perhaps there is more to the relationship story? Perhaps the spouse is just more uptight than this charming person and bringing it on themselves? Perhaps there are two sides to this story?

There are not two sides but rather two people in the relationship.

An overly caring enabler and an abusive personality.

In truth, there are technically three people in the relationship. Or what could be called a ‘Third Party.’

The enabler, the charming narcissist and their abusive counterpart. 

In society, there exists an overwhelming acceptance and confusion regarding this troubling mental health disorder.

Primarily because narcissists are typically attractive, charming and successful.

Therefore, society accepts these bullies as mainstream.

There is no outcry.

There is no true ability for the courts to help those leaving narcissists.

On the contrary, there is profound disbelief that a more cold and ruthless individual devoid of empathy exists.

It is troubling.

Yet, even those who divorce these narcissists understand society’s confusion.

Because it’s what keeps the overly caring enabler in the relationship so long. This contradictory combination of one person who seems so wonderful and another capable of unexplainable abuse and cruelty.

The narcissist will show the enabler who they are over and over again but an enabler will refuse to give up on them.

Choosing to see the perceived ‘good’ in the narcissist and brushing away the bad.

The enabler continually making excuses for such behavior.

Society needs to understand the ruthlessness of a narcissist and the lack of support systems in place to divorce them.

Success and charm are no excuse for abuse.

(Photo courtesy of Pexels)
Follow me on Facebook @Colleen Orme National Columnist

Instagram @colleenorme
on Twitter @colleenorme
on Pinterest @colleensheehyorme
E-mail: Colleen.Sheehy.Orme@gmail.com

Join the Discussion
comments powered by Disqus