Even when survivors distance themselves from a toxic person, we often still hear their voice in our heads, drowning out our own inner-voice and reaffirming the doubt that was planted a long time ago. In effect, we have a bully in our head.
You must look at the dissolution of the relationship as the beginning of a journey, not a destination. One of the first skills to learn is the “gut check”.
The more I read about Narcissism, the more I was convinced it was all lies and exaggerations. I buried myself deep in denial and made excuses for my abuser. Article by Ese Walter.