When the Narcissist Ignore You or Gives you the Silent Treatment
And Bannishes you from their Kingdom.
OSTRACISM AND THE EX - THE ULTIMATE
By Tigress luv, The Break Up Guru
Definition of 'Ostracism'
- noun: the act of excluding someone from society by general consent
- noun: the state of being banished or ostracized (excluded from society
by general consent)
Definition of 'Ostracize'
- verb: avoid speaking to or dealing with ("Ever since I spoke up, my
colleagues ostracize me")
- verb: expel from a community or group
Greetings, one and all! Well, I am in the middle of moving and I've had a
very busy week here as I pack up my house and all of my belongings. Part
of that 'packing' process involves going through every little thing I own
and have collected over the years and then deciding what to keep and what
to throw out.
Unfortunately, going through my belongings rehashed many of the hurt feelings
I had experienced when I was with my current ex. How? Because I kept coming
upon note after note after note; little things that I had scribbled to myself
in notebooks, on odd scraps of paper, in journals, etc. Things I had all
but forgotten about, until now when I found all my little, sad scribblings
to 'remind' me...
"I feel so alone today; he hasn't acknowledged me or spoken to me in two
"When he didn't come home last night I went looking for him and when I found
him he didn't even acknowledge my presence. I'm so sad..."
"Why won't he talk to me or even notice me?"
"I'm so very lonely today...why doesn't he want to be around me."
"He has slept in the chair for ten days in a row. I guess I must have done
something wrong again..."
"He hasn't talked to me in days. He won't even make eye contact. Screw him!"
"He didn't even ask me what happened to my arm. He doesn't care at all, it's
like I don't exist to him."
Now, mind you - these were notes I wrote to myself while we were still a
couple! Yes, my ex was not only a narcissistic-abuser but an Ostracist (is
that a word?) as well! He was an abuser who was well mastered in the ancient
form of the 'Silent Treatment'. It was my abuser's 'special' method of 'killing
me off'. In a sense, I was psychologically 'murdered' by him, even though
my physical life went on.
Ostracism has often been used - but rarely acknowledged - as a lever to gain
the upper handle or control in many relationship's power struggles. Never
is this more evident than in the breaking up of a relationship - especially
with a narcissistic ex. In ancient times social ostracism was used to punish
the 'offender' by casting them aside and essentially 'devaluing' them - making
them feel 'unworthy' of the pack (unacceptable to the rest of society). It
was meant to cause harm and it worked so well at doing just that very thing
that we still use it to this day.
Ostracizing causes so much harm because we all have an inherent desire to
be accepted by our fellow man. And never more is our need to be accepted
more evident than when it comes to gaining the acceptance of someone we are
in love with. When someone we love deeply not only gives us the silent treatment,
but also goes full-force in ostracizing us, the pain can be especially deep.
In a sense, not only is it belittling to us - making us feel like we don't
matter - but we actually feel 'dead' to that person. Or worse yet, non-existent to begin with.
Many exes make ostracism their specialty. One benefit that an ex receives
from practicing ostracization is an inflation of their ego and the ability
to feel superior over the other person - the one they have 'cast out'.
Some exes like to feel superior in order to not feel the pain of losing your
companionship; others use this as a form of revenge, and still some will
want to feel this way as to devalue you of any worth. When they take away
your 'worth' they don't feel your loss quite as much as they would have had
they 'valued' you after the breakup. So they simply ostracize you. They speak
not your name. They ignore your existence. If you were to run into them somewhere
they would not acknowledge your presence at all. They have 'killed' you off,
leaving you a non-entity.
Breaking up with a histrionic narcissist? Be prepared for the battle
of your life! While you are an emotional basketcase, he is as Cold as Ice!
While you are left holding down the fort and dealing with the real-life
responsibilities, he walks away from everything leaving you to mop off
his stage and pay his bills. He will punish you in ways you couldn't possibly
have ever imagined...
even acknowledge it to himself! Why? Because he's off charming the socks
off of new women as if your years together didn't even
ex continually acts in abusive, bewildering and confusing ways. He is
not above committing destructive acts. When the breakup becomes a reality,
it is likely that his 'false persona' will completely disappear all together
and you will most likely experience the most hurtful of behavior from him.
He is completely lacking in empathy, and - since he is not receiving any
admiration from you anymore - he will dismiss you and discard you as
worthless to him, consequently dropping any fake front that he use to put
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This ostracizing far surpasses 'apathy'
as it entails intentionally and purposefully committing acts of 'mental murder'.
By its very nature, apathy is not 'intentional' - but ostracism is. The Ostracist
has become the slayer of your existence, and by doing so they can then feel
like your upper power. They are your 'maker' in that they have the power
to give you life - and to 'take' your life away - and what could make them
feel more superior to you (at least, in their eyes) than that?
To be unacknowledged by your fellow man is difficult enough, but to be so
rejected as to be ostracized by someone you once had an intimate relationship
with can be devastating.
The Ostracist won't even look at you should you accidentally meet somewhere.
In fact, they will avoid looking at you even if you are sitting directly
right in front of them! This is their way of dismissing and devaluing you,
and also of making you hurt. And it works ... but only because you don't
know that he or she is simply playing a 'fool's game'. And they are the 'fool'.
I mean, to go that much out of their way to 'pretend' you don't exist must
take an awful lot of conscious awareness and purposeful energy on their part.
To feel that much awareness and energy towards another that it alters your
own state of well-being is a ridiculous act of self-victimization, and one
that reflects a person afraid of their own emotions and unsure of their own
value and worth.
So, the next time The Ostracist ostracizes you, remember how much deliberate
awareness and energy he or she is giving to this 'act' and feel good in knowing
that 'you' now have regained the power over your self worth and feelings
of acceptance. They are playing a fool's game and you have the power to accept
or REJECT their feigned rejection!
For more information on surviving a narcissist read my digital report about my own, ten-year experience of living with a narcissist here, at my narcissist advice website, BreakingUpWithYourNarcisist.com
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The Break Up Guru, has been writing on breakups and
narcissism since the 1980's.
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