Divorcing a Covert Narcissists

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Let’s talk about covert narcissists and how to divorce them. Covert narcissists appear to be very thin skinned or vulnerable, which is why covert narcissists are also known as vulnerable narcissists. On the outside, a covert narcissist appears to be shy, submissive and hypersensitive. However, internally they are self-absorbed, have fantasies of grandiosity, and feel superior to others.

You’ll find that covert narcissists will gaslight, use passive aggressive behavior and manipulate their partners in a romantic relationship. If you’re in the midst of divorcing a covert narcissist, you will likely find that they are playing the victim and prolonging the divorce as long as possible.

Doing so gives themselves purpose and attention and sympathy from friends, family and even the judge. When you are divorcing a covert narcissist be prepared for a potentially long process.

You will also want to be up front with your support system and let them know your ex could reach out to them and try and garner favor by bad mouthing you and playing the victim in the situation. Make sure to secure a divorce attorney who has experience in dealing with covert narcissists so that you can create a legal strategy and finalize the divorce as quickly as possible.


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