It is designed to (1) place the abuser in a position of control; (2) silence the target’s attempts at assertion; (3) avoid conflict resolution/personal responsibility/compromise; or (4) punish the target for a perceived ego slight.Often, the result of the silent treatment is exactly what the person with narcissism wishes to create: a reaction from the target and a sense of control.
The 5-year-old storms off and plays with a new, innocent target on the swing set. So how does one deal with the silent treatment from a person with narcissism?
They are intelligent, charming, and popular, and when they’re the center of attention, some of the spotlight shines on you, too, leaving you glowing with pride, importance, and accomplishment.
Yet after a while, you discover that under the surface the relationship is hollow. This is because a true narcissist lacks inner qualities necessary for a healthy bond: empathic perspective-taking, a moral conscience, stable confidence, and the ability to be intimate and genuine with another human being.
Never disregard professional psychological or medical advice nor delay in seeking professional advice or treatment because of something you have read on Good
As a child, you probably remember the joyful feeling of receiving a holiday basket, many times (if you celebrated Easter) featuring a giant chocolate bunny, front and center.
When you look to a partner who is a narcissist, it can feel like you’re looking into a funhouse mirror and getting back a distorted view of yourself.