Dating and engagement is a time for couples to get to know each other before formally tying the proverbial knot. Following the ceremony, the honeymoon period begins. As months and even years go on, some spouses start to realize that the person they chose to spend a lifetime with is not who they seem.
While often used as an insult, an actual narcissist represents a clear and present emotional danger, particularly when it begins to impact a marriage. Years and years of emotional abuse come to a head, and the non-narcissistic spouse decides to end the marriage.
The exhaustive list of narcissistic behaviors includes a lack of empathy, inability to regulate emotions, feelings of superiority, intolerance of others’ viewpoints, and countless other traits. Narcissists are well known for energy spent succumbing to their demands that they are more than worthy of attention and approval.
Upon filing for divorce, spouses can expect a prolonged marital dissolution rife with continuing conflict, courtesy of a spouse with a serious disorder. Standard issues become overly dramatic complications. Simply put, what went on during the marriage only continues in a different venue.
The non-narcissistic spouse must be calculated when exiting a marriage. First, revealing the intention to leave the union is not a sound strategy and could become dangerous to partners and potentially children. Keeping detailed records and correspondence is paramount, including emails and texts that reveal the true nature of the narcissistic spouse.
Breaking free may take time. Surrounding yourself with friends and family will help you get through what can be a nightmare. Additionally, any type of divorce needs an attorney experienced in not only the law but also the wide range of dynamics that can potentially end a marriage.