As I frequently say, covert abuse is an epidemic we must face. We must become informed and trained to reach out and intervene in situations involving narcissism and emotional abuse. We must stop enabling the perpetrator, standing by as a person is harmed. There must be an intervention—stepping in, seeing what is taking place, and saying or doing something to help bring about change.
It is true, unfortunately, that lasting change is rare among these men and women. Narcissistic and emotionally abusive people tend to enjoy the power they feel from the emotional abuse. Thus, a low percentage make significant changes. Those who are willing to change typically do so only after their mate has intervened and created a crisis.
Recognizing Signs of Covert Abuse in your Patients
Here are three counseling tools I use in the initial stages of working with these couples:
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Let’s not ignore the cries for help that come from the victims of covert abuse! At the Marriage Recovery Center, our mission is to help those in relationships involving narcissism and emotional abuse find healing and recovery. Visit our website or contact our Client Care team for more information.