The Dynamic Between Narcissists and Co-Dependents

Feeling overwhelmed and trapped in a co-parenting relationship with a narcissist? It's time to take back control and prioritize your well-being.

It is not uncommon for narcissists to seek out and target individuals who are co-dependent, as co-dependents may be more likely to prioritize the needs and desires of the narcissist over their own. Narcissists often rely on the attention and admiration of others in order to maintain their own inflated sense of self-importance, and may be attracted to individuals who are willing to put the needs of the narcissist first.

Co-dependents may also be more likely to overlook or make excuses for the narcissistic individual's negative behaviors, which can reinforce the narcissistic individual's sense of entitlement and grandiosity. However, it is important to note that not all narcissists seek out co-dependent individuals, and not all co-dependents are attracted to narcissists. Every individual and relationship is unique, and the dynamics between two people can be influenced by a variety of factors.

If you feel guilty around your partner, and it is because you are afraid they won't approve, it may be a sign that you are in a relationship with a narcissist. Narcissists often use shame, guilt-tripping, gaslighting, and other forms of psychological abuse as a way to control and manipulate others. If you feel guilty for not complying with the demands and control of the narcissist, or if you feel like you are constantly walking on eggshells in order to avoid the narcissist's disapproval, it may be time to seek support and consider your options.

It is important to remember that you have the right to set boundaries, advocate for your own needs, and make decisions that are best for you. If you are in a relationship with a narcissist, it may be necessary to seek support from a therapist or other trusted resources in order to better understand your options and make a plan to move forward in a healthy and positive way.