Let’s Talk: Surviving Narcissistic Abuse
Run Time: 75 min.
November 10, 2022 at 7pm
Anne-Marie Buckland will present on Surviving Narcissistic Abuse with a slide lecture in a question/answer format. Her personal journey out of a marriage with significant narcissistic abuse and subsequent healing will be discussed for the benefit of anyone struggling in this dynamic. Learning as much about narcissism and narcissistic abuse is the first step for individuals wishing to break free from toxic cycles inherent to this particularly insidious form of emotional abuse. Narcissistic Abuse is a type of emotional abuse where the abuser only cares about themselves and may use words and actions to manipulate their partner’s behavior and emotional state. Effects of narcissistic abuse can vary depending on how long one endures these types of relationships. Narcissistic abuse shifts an individual’s sense of self-worth, creates trust issues and self-doubt accompanied by shame and embarrassment. A common trait of those on the receiving end of narcissistic abuse is anxiety in relationships with new people, panic attacks, sleep disturbances, substance abuse and a loss of identity. Classic post-traumatic stress symptomology of memories triggering a flight or fight response and a hypervigilance or extreme alertness to hidden dangers, both real and presumed are also observable. A profound sense of worthlessness after being manipulated, gaslighted and mocked can lead to isolation and a worsening depressed state, particularly in those who are highly sensitive and susceptible to depression.
Presented in partnership with the Greenwich Center for Hope & Renewal.