- Use email only for communication and set up a folder specifically for those emails.
- Recognize and accept that the narcissist does NOT think like you do.
- Keep all communication as short, direct and on topic as possible.
Dealing with an ex who is a narcissist can be exhausting and confusing. This is especially true if you are co-parenting. There are three things I suggest to my clients who find themselves in this situation to help make it less overwhelming.
Teens, under normal circumstances, are dealing with many changes due to raging hormones and searching for their own identities. Therefore, it is no wonder that dealing with the death of a sibling, parent, or friend from school can throw their lives into even more chaos and confusion.
A complaint that I often hear from people who are grieving is about questions like, “Shouldn’t you be getting over it by now?” “How long are you going to carry on like this?” “He/She wouldn’t want you to feel this way.” Gee, I thought you’d be over this, it was only your grandfather.”
Judith is a psychotherapist in the south Denver Metro area.