Sunday, May 29, 2016

Self-Defense for Empaths

Your heart made you a target for the Hungry
Narcissist. You've been to this ill picnic before:
they know just how to serve you those words
you've always wanted to hear; they'll whisper
you're special, just like you always dreamed

you could be. They're good at that. You aren't
even paying attention to the pedestal building
slowly under your feet. You don't realize how
far from your friends and family you've been
removed. This is classic predator behavior:

separate you from the herd, chain you down
until you require their praise just to breathe
right. Now they bait the stick with everything
they once gave you freely. Now they expect
you do the trick on demand. I made you, 

I can break you They tell you this. Didn't
you know how wrong, and helpless you are,
if not for them? Or this:, wouldn't you want
one more chance? You would, You owe them.
And this is where you lose the battle before

it's even started: Once they get you to engage,
they have won. You will never be listened to;
they're too busy adjusting gas-lamps, changing
the argument out from under you, twisting up
your words; anything but let what you say be.

But you have power here: to win, shift weight
from their words to yours. Like verbal Aikido,
you use their force against them, letting it fall
behind you, uselessly-- just like them. Unless
they are violent, you have stolen your power

back. And if they are violent, you do whatever
you need to protect you and yours. But mostly,
Narcissists are like parasites, and denying them,
you will starve them out of your head and heart.
You are equal of their pedestal, on your own level.

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