Pseudo Recovery: A Trap set by Covert Narcissists


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Does a narcissist ever change? Can they ever get better? Is there any hope?

He/She says that they are working on it, that they are getting help. They even go to therapy. How much time should I give them? How will I know if it is for real?

I get asked this all the time. I have talked with so many who are completely stuck because of these very questions. They say things like - I think he/she is getting better. Things have been calmer for quite a while. They are being more cooperative, nicer, giving me more attention. Maybe they actually get it this time. Maybe this time it will stick. Maybe, just maybe.

So many victims of covert narcissistic abuse stay for years in an abusive marriage, all in the name of “they are getting better.” Progress, they call it. Only to have the abuse return over and over. Each miniscule step of progress just erases each round of bad behavior. Decades later, you realize that nothing has ever changed, ever. You have simply been trapped by pseudo recovery.

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