DTD Ep18 Breaking Free from a Narcissistic Relationship

EP18 Breaking Free from a Narcissistic Relationship


In this episode, we discuss the crucial steps to break free from a narcissistic relationship, from recognizing the need for change to embracing emotional detachment. Join us on this empowering journey to reclaim your life.

It all began with a simple decision – a decision to break free from the chains of a narcissistic relationship that had consumed my life for far too long. I’m Taniel, your host from the “Ditch The Debate & Make It Happen Podcast,” and today, I want to share my personal journey of breaking free from a narcissistic relationship. It’s a journey that I believe many of you can relate to or find inspiration in.

The Need for Change

The first step on this tumultuous journey was recognizing the need for change. It wasn’t just a casual thought or an abstract notion; it was a gut-wrenching realization that staying in the relationship was no longer an option. The pain of staying had become unbearable, and it outweighed the temporary pain I would endure while leaving.

I vividly remember that pivotal moment. It was a Monday morning, roughly two months before our planned wedding. I stood in front of the bathroom mirror, getting ready for work, and I didn’t recognize the person staring back at me. It was like an out-of-body experience, a moment of surreal clarity. I felt a knot in my stomach, a heaviness in my chest, and I made a promise to myself that it was over. I wasn’t coming back. Fortunately, my narcissistic partner was on vacation that week, so I seized the opportunity to leave.

Planning the Escape

Once you recognize the need for change, the next step is planning your escape carefully. This is where you must prioritize your safety, both physically and emotionally. Seek professional guidance if possible and establish a support system with emergency contacts.

In my case, I was fortunate that my partner was physically away when I left. He knew where my family lived and assumed I would go there, so he often showed up at the same time I would be leaving for work. I had to be cautious. Would I have left even if he were present? Yes, but it would have required more planning.

I had also been isolated from friends and family, so I didn’t have a strong support network. However, a few work colleagues noticed something was amiss, and they reached out to help me. If you have people willing to support you, lean on them, ask for their help, because the alternative is too painful to bear alone.

Setting Boundaries and Communicating Them

Setting boundaries is essential. It starts as a mental exercise, but eventually, you must communicate those boundaries clearly. Expect resistance and even hostility, but this is your path to self-empowerment. Having a well-thought-out exit plan and a support network in place makes it easier to stand your ground.

Embracing Emotional Detachment

Emotional detachment is a gradual process. It’s about protecting your emotional well-being, recognizing that you can’t change the narcissist, and that their behavior is not your responsibility. I started to detach emotionally long before I physically left the relationship. Once I was out, cutting all ties became crucial.

Even after I left, my narcissistic partner didn’t give up easily. He knew my family’s address and attempted various tactics to get in touch with me. It’s crucial to stay strong and not engage. This is when a “grey rock” approach can be useful, especially if you have children together. Be incredibly boring, don’t rise to provocations, and remain emotionally uninvolved.

Self-Care and Healing

Finally, as you work on breaking free, remember the importance of self-care and healing. Understand that it’s a journey that takes time. Be patient with yourself and don’t be afraid to seek therapy or counseling to aid in your healing process.

In my case, I chose hypnotherapy, which proved to be a turning point in my healing journey. Traditional therapy was challenging for me due to the overwhelming guilt and shame I carried. Hypnotherapy provided a different path to healing, one that accelerated my recovery.


Breaking free from a narcissistic relationship is an arduous but ultimately liberating journey. It takes time, patience, and unwavering determination. Remember, you are not alone on this path. You are strong, resilient, and capable of regaining control of your life, finding happiness, and achieving inner peace.

Thank you for joining me today as I shared my personal journey. I hope that my story can inspire and empower you on your own path to breaking free from a narcissistic relationship. You’ve got this!

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