9 Signs You’re in a Narcissistic Abusive Relationship

Do you recognize any of them?

Ahmed Sherief


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The best thing you can do when you find out that you are in an abusive relationship with a narcissist is to leave. Ideally, you should leave the relationship early to minimize the negative effects of the abuse on your mental health.

Unfortunately, it takes a long time for narcissistic abuse victims to recognize the abusive patterns. It takes them even longer to realize that they are being manipulated. By that time, damage to self-esteem, self-image, social abilities, and mental health, in general, would’ve happened.

Recognizing the signs of narcissistic abuse as early as possible can save you years of pain and suffering. In this article, I am going to share with you the most common signs that you’re being manipulated and abused by a narcissist.

Love Bombing

Love bombing is the act of expressing affection and devotion exaggeratedly. A narcissist uses love bombing extensively at the start of a new relationship. They also use it when they want to suck their partner back into the relationship after a breakup.

Lines that are common to hear from a narcissist during a love-bombing campaign are “You are everything to me,” “I don’t want anything from life but you,” “You are incredibly smart and beautiful,” “There is no one like you in the whole world,” and “I would do anything to make you happy.”

I am sure you’ve noticed the problem here. Those are common love lines that all couples use. How can you distinguish between narcissistic love bombing and innocent expressions of love?

The answer is carried in the expression itself. Love “bombing” happens excessively. These lines are said tens of times every day and repeated over and over again. The words usually feel hollow and fake.

If you feel uncomfortable with how many times you’ve been told you’re “too good to be true” today, that’s a sign to take a step back and re-evaluate the relationship.

Love bombing can also take the form of physical gifts. You find yourself showered with gifts, expensive or otherwise. Or it can take the form of acts of service, where all your needs are fulfilled even before you express…



Ahmed Sherief

I am a Student of Psychology. I write to help people understand themselves, realize their potential, and live happier, stress-free lives.