Empaths and narcissists: an emotionally-draining combination. The possibility for these two types of people to truly bond is nearly impossible, to say the least. And yet, sometimes people with these totally different personality types bond to create a toxic relationship. Here, we explain the toxic attraction between an empath and a narcissist.
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The one trait that all narcissists share is being wounded. As a result, they seek constant validation.
Empaths are natural healers. They have the ability to sense and absorb other people’s pain.
Because empaths don’t necessarily know how to protect themselves, they become prime targets for narcissists.
Narcissists are consciously and subconsciously takers— they have the ability to suck the energy out of others.
Empaths will always put themselves into other people’s shoes and experience their feelings and emotions, while forgetting that other people may have a very different agenda to their own.
This sort of relationship is toxic, as the empath is constantly giving while the narcissist is always taking—at the total expense of the empath.
This puts the empath into a victim status, retreating further and further into themselves as the narcissist takes over.
The narcissist’s agenda is one of manipulation—they need to be in a position where they are in control. On the other hand, the empath’s agenda is to love and heal.
The empath will begin to seek love and validation from a narcissist. This will make the narcissist feel worthy.
The lower down an empath becomes, the higher a narcissist will feel.
An empath will know that they are in a destructive relationship, but they usually don’t look to blame anyone else.
However, all the empath wanted was someone to take care of and ultimately fix.
This is the weakness that narcissists focus on to get what they want.
An empath is authentic and desperate to live true to their soul’s purpose.
A narcissist will struggle to have any connection to their authentic self. Once they’ve realized that they’ve lost their ability to control the empath, they will walk away from the relationship.
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