Hi. Sorry this is such a long story, but I want to make sure I leave nothing out.
So, I met a narcissist around the same time I got together with my boyfriend.
He was a mutual friend of ours. I immediately liked him and talked to him a lot. I couldn't help but notice that he could get very flirtatious though, to the point that it made me uncomfortable, but when I asked some other mutual friends about it, they assured me I shouldn't worry, because that was simply who he was.
I accepted it, though I still asked him to back off if some things really made me uncomfortable. He never really did back off. But I came to accept it more and more, because I liked the person he seemed to be. He made me laugh, he made my day when I talked to him and I went to him with problems I couldn't tell my boyfriend for fear it would hurt his feelings.
Big mistake. He wove this web around me and I didn't notice at all how he got me addicted to our conversations and how he made me go along in his flirtations more than I had really wanted to. Before I knew it I thought I was in love with him. I often cried myself to sleep because I could never bring myself to break up with my wonderful loving boyfriend, but nor could I stop talking to him. I was in it too deep.
At some point, we ended up in my room. Alone. He was very touchy and he cuddled me a lot, which made me uncomfortable. I thought it weird that he would do that, because he had a girlfriend at the time. At some point he almost kissed me. I told him to stop, because it wasn't right. He then confessed that he had 'feelings' for me, and I admitted that I, too, felt somewhat strange around him. He told me it was better not to tell anyone about it and just forget about it. He then left.
I wasn't comfortable about it though and ended up telling my boyfriend. After some shock and anger he forgave me but asked me not to see him again.
But I was at that point feeling very unsure about our relationship. I was very confused, and this one night I came home from a night out with my friends, and my boyfriend made a romantic candle light dinner and put red roses on the table. I freaked out, I was already feeling so horribly guilty and couldn't really handle it. It became a huge fight and I told my boyfriend I wanted to break up with him. He told me I should take some time to rethink that decision and went home, leaving me alone at my place with the roses.
My boyfriend and I made up very quickly after that, though we had to fight through it one step at a time. We remained friends with the narcissist even after all of this. My boyfriend forgave him. But he trampled all over us. He had continued to flirt with me and I still couldn't say no to him. Then, we had this huge fight over nothing, his disproportionate anger over a little thing baffled me.
When I asked him why, he responded that he just started working and no one ever bothered to ask him about his day, and why did everyone expect him to be so understanding towards them. That it was just who he was, that he didn't give a ****, and that we should be more open-minded and just accept how he was. And that I was emotionally unstable. I called him a narcissist. At that point, though, I had no idea yet how true that was.
Then I heard stories from others and started remembering things from my own experience:
- He lost a lot of friends over time, often with huge fights
- In discussions, he would never stop arguing his own point of view and he never once admitted to being wrong
- He never once apologized to me, his girlfriend or friends he had a fight with. He always demanded an apology from others
- The one time he did apologize was to my boyfriend after what happened, and only with the prospect of manipulating me again
- He often made a friend feel guilty for not replying to his messages immediately
- He blamed his girlfriend for all the fights they had, it was never his fault
- He bragged a lot about his achievements, even though he did his best to appear modest
- If he did something for someone, he considered it some sort of eternal debt
- He often sided with his friends against his girlfriend
- If a friend told him they'd 'be there for him', his reply was that those words did nothing for him
- He talked about not being able to care about other people
- He'd get really angry when someone questioned him too much
- He told me he didn't feel remorse at all, that he only knew by standards that what he did to me was bad
- He lied about having feelings for me, same thing with his girlfriend
- He refused to let someone close to him see a psychologist out of fear that it would damage his reputation
And I could have summed up a great deal more.
That was one year ago. We haven't talked ever since. But I feel like I am still in his power. There is not a day that goes by without me thinking about it.
It's been a year and I still miss him for the friend he was. I still feel guilty towards my boyfriend though he forgave me. I even feel guilty for initiating a fight with the narcissist. I feel like I am obsessed and there is no way out. I fear that it is going to ruin the wonderful and healthy relationship I have, I fear that in a weak moment I will try to contact him. I'm afraid of talking to people, I'm unable to make new friends. I don't enjoy the things I used to like as much now. I cannot concentrate on work. It has taken over my life. I feel like I am going to burst.
Can anyone give me advice on how to deal with this?