Ok so this final part of the story is going to be even longer so you may want to get yourself a snack or four.
So what did he do?
He read about himself in a since deleted blog. Obviously that was hard for him to read but part of me wanted for him to see how he was affecting me. But no. I just got shouted at and told to delete it. As I tried to explain he seemed to calm down and then he started to talk to me nicely and I stupidly thought we had moved on. But no. He later called me to say he had only been nice to get me to apologise! What? He spent the entire evening lying to me to get me to delete a post. Every argument I ever caused paled into insignificance after that. I had never set out to hurt him ever, he launched into me that night. I was only reacting to how he made me feel. I saw then that alcohol didn’t make him a horrible person he just was one. We didn’t speak for weeks after that and any feelings that I had, pity or otherwise were gone.
So why is he a narcissist? I read an article whilst I was caught up in the middle of all this and it fit him perfectly.
‘Finds it difficult to maintain healthy relationships’ no shit Sherlock.
‘Lacks empathy’ every time I confided in him I was told to get over it and man up.
‘Responds to criticism with anger’ every single time.
‘Have fantasies regarding their own intelligence, success and good looks’ the amount of times he told me that everyone else was the problem and he was great was ridiculous.
‘Seems arrogant but easily hurt’ he would often lay into me for hours and I would take it. Like the time he told me I made him drink…I’m not sure who caused him to drink for the other 20 years of his life prior to me. But I once told him being drunk set a bad example to his niece and he never let me forget it.
I’ve never met anyone like him before. He’s so negative and toxic and until now I was blind to it. Every conversation we had he sound give me a compliment and then a smack in the face and then another compliment and a harder smack in the face it was so emotionally draining. He broke me mentally. I was anxious and panicky all the time.
After the two week break he messaged me and I’m embarrassed to say I went back one last time. For a long time we messaged nicely and he was even seeing someone. I was just seeing the Scientist so I naively thought we were finally on a level. But no. It kicked off again when I got pissed off when I was telling him about my own #metoo experience and he told me to man up. He then carried on throwing more punches praying on things he knew I was insecure about. During this conversation he also laughed in my face when I said he had broken my heart and my spirit oh and said that he thought I was in love with him. Narcissism 101 right there.
I will never fully understand why I carried on talking to him. The only thing I can think of was I was so down and lonely about online dating was that I was clutching at straws. Any straws.
I’ve written this post as it’s my way of moving on. Getting it all out and clearing my head. It’s done now. Also as a warning to myself and others. A pretty face can’t disguise an ugly heart. Addiction is not a cover for you to be a bad person either.
I might be able to get to the point someday when I wish him well but not now. He’s an abuser. He builds you up to knock you down and gets kicks out it. I know the signs as I lived with one for 27 years. He always said that he was trying to make me stronger. Well don’t break me in the first place.
I want to end this on a positive note. Looking back I think this was 2017s plan all along. Introduce me to the worst person I’ve ever met online to really make me value and appreciate the best person I’ve ever met online, The Scientist.