What is narcissistic abuse on World Awareness Day?

The International Narcissism Abuse Awareness Movement, which was identified by the movement on June 1, is an awareness movement that started in 2016 and called it “International Narcissism Abuse Awareness Day”, where June 1 of each year is a date for interaction with societies. with the aim of educating people about the abuse and victimization practiced by narcissists and providing them with information on characters and resources for people who have survived relationships and how they begin their recovery journey after going out.

What is narcissistic abuse?

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Ironically, despite the word’s popularity, most people have never heard of “narcissistic abuse,” says Sandra L. Brown, founder of the Institute for Detected Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education, according to ar.mindwavehypnotherapy.

Narcissistic abuse is a form of emotional and psychological abuse. It mainly affects individuals who have either a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD, characterized by a lack of empathy) or an antisocial personality disorder (ASPD, also known as a sociopath or psychopath), and is associated with an unconscious. You may be wondering if most people have not even heard of narcissistic abuse, why is it so important to raise awareness about it? Unfortunately, because it is an unknown and under-studied public health issue, it is difficult to obtain statistics on this type of abuse.

So how can I justify the need to raise awareness of a major public health issue when there are no statistics on its prevalence? In her article, Sandra L. Brown describes 60 million people in the United States who have been negatively affected by someone else’s illness and how she came to this dizzying figure: “There are 304 million people in the United States. One in 25 people will to suffer from ‘unscrupulousness’ related disorders involving antisocial personality disorder, psychopath and psychiatrist Three hundred and four million divided by 25 = 12.16 million unscrupulous people.

Each antisocial / psychopath will have approximately five partners who will be negatively affected by their illnesses = 60.8 million people! Brown goes on to describe that 60 million is actually a conservative estimate because the estimate does not include children who are victims of narcissistic abuse. Nor does it take into account the percentage of people with narcissistic personality disorder, many of whom also cause narcissistic abuse in others.

* Statistical data

One in 10 people wander unconsciously – Image through ar.mindwavehipnotherapy

Almost one in 10 people wanders unscrupulously, or at best, lacks empathy. According to the Statistical Manual of Diagnostic Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the prevalence of antisocial personality disorder in the general population is estimated at 3.3% and the prevalence of narcissistic personality disorder is 6%. There are approximately 326 million people in the United States (the American population has grown) and 6% of them suffer from narcissistic personality disorder, which equates to 19,500,000 people. If each of these people narcissistically abuses only five people in their lifetime, it will reach another 97.8 million people! If you apply the same formula to the world’s population using the current population estimate of 7.5 billion, are you ready? 3.3% of 7.5 billion = 247,500,000 people with antisocial personality disorder 6% of 7.5 billion = 450,000,000 people with narcissistic personality disorder 247,500,000 + 450,000,000 = 690,000,000 people lack 690000000000000 = 690000000. If each of these people abuse narcissistically only five people in their lifetime, the potential number of harm affects more than 3.4 billion people, Brown also points out that if any other medical or mental condition, like diabetes or heart disease, negatively affects many people. people, there will be public education campaigns, public service announcements approved by celebrities, to raise awareness about them. In comparison, narcissistic abuse negatively affects more people than depression (approximately 80.8 million people), yet public awareness of narcissistic abuse is not as evident as the scars of those who are abused.

This begs the question, why has narcissistic abuse not received the attention, education and funding of the public as desperately as it deserves? The answer, in fact, may lie in what I ran away from before. Narcissistic abuse is invisible to the naked eye. Unlike physical abuse, narcissistic abuse leaves no visible marks like bruising or bone fractures. This is one reason why so many people do not even realize that what they are experiencing is a legitimate form of abuse and that it has a name – narcissistic abuse – until harm is done.

Narcissistic abuse is subtle, often disguised as love and care, but it is nothing but. It is not a single act of cruelty like an insulting comment or verbal abuse accompanied by a series of insults. It is the harmful, gradual and deliberate erosion of a person’s sense of self-worth. It is a mixture of emotional and psychological abuse that aims to undermine a person’s identity with the sole purpose of gaining control for personal gain. It can include patterns of domination, manipulation, intimidation, emotional coercion, inhibition, dishonesty, excessive selfishness, incitement to guilt, rejection, procrastination, financial exploitation, jealousy, and possessiveness.

A partner who never calls you by a derogatory name and tells you he loves you every day can be a narcissistic abuser. A parent who never misses a softball game, someone who seems to be the backbone of his community, can be abusively narcissistic.

* Author of the book Why does he?

A disturbing description of how the abuse occurred. – Image by (ar.mindwavehypnotherapy)

Lundy Bancroft, author of Why does he ?, gives a disturbing description of how the abuse was committed. His example shows that it can cause significant psychological damage, without the use of anger, shouting or offense: the emotional damage caused by narcissistic abuse is cumulative, which is one reason why abuse is so difficult to define. We often do not understand or worry about what seems small and harmless at a given moment. Most of us share the mantra: “No one is perfect.” We have no doubt that we are taking advantage or cheating. We assume the best intentions of the people who claim our love. Lack of public awareness and education blinds us to see the slowly eroding parts of our self-esteem and identity.

The harm caused by narcissistic abuse is not limited to individual victims. It bleeds into society and affects us all. Some studies warn us about the link between psychological and emotional stress, and its link to increased risk of illness and disease. The chronic stress of narcissistic abuse gradually weakens our body over time. Prolonged activation of the body’s stress response systems can have serious damage to our body physiology and our overall well-being.

Some of the common illnesses associated with chronic stress of narcissistic abuse include, but are not limited to: heart attack, adrenal fatigue, weight gain or loss, hair loss, insomnia, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, post stress disorders -traumatic, autoimmune. digestive disorders Asthma, migraine headaches, epilepsy, cancer, arthritis, slow wound healing, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), addiction to alcohol or other substances .

The financial costs that narcissistic abuse imposes on society will be spent more wisely and effectively if we are to use these funds to raise public awareness and education.

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