The Day I Learned What a Narcissist Was Changed My Life by Laurie Balles Simpson
I was 35, sitting on Stacey's couch. Stacey was my therapist.
I was an empty shell of a woman, getting a divorce and there to find out how and why. What I did know was this was not the first time I felt this way – and the common denominator was me.
Through our sessions I learned about codependency, selflessness vs. self-worth and how selfish wasn't a bad word after all. That day, Stacey introduced me to narcissism, as if she knew all along that it was a common denominator that I hadn't considered. I had been a narcissist's perfect catch.
I learned about a narcissist's inability to empathize, gas lighting, ambient abuse, narcissistic supply… My understanding became tangible.
It's been six years since I've seen Stacey. She changed my life that day and so did I.