How many times have you asked yourself “why am I still obsessed with the narcissist?” If you’re anything like me, probably on a daily basis. One of the hardest parts about recovering from close encounter with a narcissist is the fact that you can’t seem to get them out of your head!
But why? How is it that this person, who you really don’t want to spend another second thinking about, has burrowed their way into your brain and set up camp? And more importantly, how do you evict them?
One of the main reasons is that you simply can’t make sense of what has happened and your brain can’t accept that. It needs an answer, an explanation. But you will never get one from the narcissist so you attempt to come up with your own. This however creates something called cognitive dissonance.
This is a psychological term for when you hold two or more conflicting beliefs, attitudes or behaviour at the same time. It makes you feel uncomfortable and so you alter your behaviour to try to restore the balance. However things aren’t that easy when you’ve been involved with a narcissist.
Their entire existence is fabricated around dissonance. They say one thing, do another. And so you can’t restore the balance. You loved them but now you hate what they did to you. You trusted them but know you can’t believe a word they say.
Your brain is always trying to make you feel better so is constantly offering up solutions to try and relieve this discomfort. Therefore keeping them at the centre of your thoughts.
- Change one or more of the attitudes, behaviour, beliefs, etc., to make the relationship between the two elements a consonant one.
- Acquire new information that outweighs the dissonant beliefs.
- Reduce the importance of the cognitions (i.e., beliefs, attitudes).
TIP: Share your story with others. Realising you are not alone and gaining some understanding about their behaviour will help to reduce the dissonance.
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