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Narcissistic Personality Traits & Emotional Abuse

Is there someone in your life who wreaks havoc and destruction in all their relationships, but they either don’t care or aren’t aware of their impact? Do you find yourself frustrated and exhausted by this relationship because “they just don’t get it!” If you can relate to this, it’s likely this person has some or strong narcissistic personality traits and what you are experiencing is emotional abuse.

Dr. Hawkins of the Marriage Recovery Center and the Emotional Abuse Institute talks about the power of intervention to help bring some level of awareness of one’s harmful behaviors and its impact on those around them. Learn more about the comprehensive treatment plan he and his team at the Marriage Recovery Center have developed to help people discover, uncover and recover from narcissistic and emotional abuse.

While everyone else would say narcissists can’t change and you are better off getting away from them as fast as you can, experience has shown us that by confronting and challenging deeply embedded thinking errors, and replacing them with healthy thinking, healing is possible!

Narcissistic Personality Traits & Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse can be insidious, leaving scars that are often invisible to the naked eye. It can permeate various types of relationships, from marriages to friendships, and even the workplace. In many cases, victims of emotional abuse find themselves uttering the phrase, “They just don’t get it.” But what exactly is it that these individuals fail to comprehend? In this article, we will delve into the complex issue of narcissistic personality traits and their connection to emotional abuse.

The “They Just Don’t Get It” Dilemma

Have you ever felt that someone you care about, whether it’s a spouse, parent, friend, or boss, just doesn’t seem to understand your feelings and experiences? Perhaps you’ve confronted them about their behavior, only to be met with defensiveness, anger, or even retaliation. They may refuse to take ownership of their actions or express any remorse for the harm they’ve caused. It’s a frustrating and bewildering experience, leaving you wondering why they “just don’t get it.”

The Deeper Issue: Narcissistic Personality Traits

Dr. David Hawkins, from the Marriage Recovery Center, sheds light on the underlying problem when someone “just doesn’t get it.” It often goes beyond mere communication and listening skills; it’s a manifestation of narcissistic personality traits and profound emotional immaturity.

What Is Profound Emotional Immaturity?

Emotional immaturity, Dr. Hawkins explains, is when a person may have grown chronologically but remains emotionally stuck at a much younger age. When challenged or confronted, they respond with defensiveness, anger, or even childish behavior, resembling the emotional reactions of a six-year-old.

Recognizing the Signs of Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse, stemming from narcissistic personality traits, manifests in various ways:

  1. Quick Defensiveness: Instead of engaging in constructive dialogue, they become defensive at the slightest criticism.
  2. Taking Things Personally: Every comment or action is seen as an attack on them personally.
  3. Argumentativeness and Refusal to Make Repairs: They resist resolving issues and often exacerbate them through argumentation.
  4. Anger and Resentment: These emotions are frequently directed at those they are emotionally abusing.
  5. Passive Aggression: They may employ passive-aggressive tactics to manipulate and control.
  6. Withdrawal and Stonewalling: Instead of addressing issues, they withdraw and stonewall, creating an emotional barrier.

Understanding the Long-Standing Problem

If you find yourself trapped in a relationship where the other person “just doesn’t get it,” it’s crucial to acknowledge that this problem likely has deep roots. These issues are often deeply embedded, making them resistant to casual attempts at resolution.

The Need for Strategic Intervention

Continuing to engage with these patterns of behavior without intervention is unlikely to yield different results. It’s time for a strategic intervention, an opportunity for real change.

What Is an Intervention?

An intervention is not a magical fix but rather an invitation to change. It provides an opportunity for those involved to take steps toward a healthier relationship dynamic.

Interventions and Narcissism

Contrary to the belief that interventions have no impact on narcissism and emotional abuse, Dr. Hawkins asserts that they can be effective. They offer a path to change, both for the victim and the perpetrator.

Programs for Recovery

Recovery from emotional abuse and narcissistic behavior is not a quick fix. It requires long-term effort and commitment. The Marriage Recovery Center and the Emotional Abuse Institute offer comprehensive programs designed to address these issues.

For Victims: Narcissism and Emotional Abuse Recovery Program

This program is tailored to help victims of emotional abuse recover from the trauma they’ve endured.

For Perpetrators: Taking Ownership and Recovery

For those who have engaged in narcissistic and emotionally abusive behavior, this program aims to help them take ownership and embark on a path to recovery.

Comprehensive Treatment

Both programs emphasize comprehensive treatment, challenging thinking errors that contribute to narcissistic and emotionally abusive behaviors. These thinking errors include minimization, rationalization, justification, and blame shifting.


If you feel like you’re sinking into emotional quicksand, and the strategies you’ve tried haven’t worked, it’s time to explore new possibilities. The programs offered by the Marriage Recovery Center and the Emotional Abuse Institute are designed to help victims and perpetrators alike. While change won’t happen overnight, these programs provide a path to transformation and the hope for healthier, more fulfilling relationships. Remember, it’s not about what you’ve always done; it’s about embracing the opportunity for real change.

To learn how we can help, reach out to us at (206) 219-0145 or info@marriagerecoverycenter.com to speak with a Client Care Specialist

Also read: Is Your Partner Emotionally Unavailable?

About Dr. Hawkins:

The internet is inundated with hyperbole and misinformation about narcissism, leaving many people confused and hopeless. Get the facts on narcissism and emotional abuse from someone who has been researching, writing about and treating narcissism and emotional abuse for over a decade.

Dr. Hawkins is a best-selling author and clinical psychologist with over three decades of experience helping people break unhealthy patterns and build healthier relationships.

He is the founder and director of the Marriage Recovery Center and the Emotional Abuse Institute which offers education, training and counseling for people who want to break free of, and heal from, emotional abuse. Whether the perpetrator of the abuse is your spouse, partner, parent, boss, friend or family member, we offer practical advice for anyone trapped in a toxic, destructive relationship.

In addition to narcissism & emotional abuse, you’ll learn about the lesser known forms of abuse, including covert abuse, reactive abuse, spiritual abuse, secondary abuse, relationship trauma and much more


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