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If your eyebrows are raised at the prospect of a day dedicated to narcissistic awareness, I am sure you are not alone. If you are thinking I don’t have time for this nonsense. I have some sympathy. In fact until I woke up to a few things, I would have been among the first to scoff. This is not surprising as it would seem most narcissistic abusers have perfected the art of presenting the world with one face, whilst showing a completely different one to the targets of their abuse.

To the world they are often ultra obliging, the person who can always be counted upon to step up when there is a need. Their target sees a completely different side-subtle and not so-subtle digs , put downs and overt abuse can leave them totally shell-shocked. The victim feels doubly abused, not only are they enduring the cruelty of the narcissistic person, they are constantly listening to comments from others about the kindnesss, helpfulness etc of their abuser.

If a person appears to be an island of sanity in a sea of damaged people, things may not be all they appear. Of course there are some wonderful people who genuinely do seem to be surrounded by chaos not of their own making but occasionally it might be worth asking yourself what (or who)s the common factor in the lives of all these struggling people in a problematic situation?

Here Clive Boddy illustrates this concept in a corporate context.

That is perhaps the concept at the core of Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day, encouraging people to take a second look at the people and situations in their lives and questioning some of their assumptions.

For further information on World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day.

Who The Hell Are You – Madison Avenue

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