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The Narcissist in Your Life Podcast is hosted by Linda Martinez-Lewi, Ph.D., clinical expert on the narcissistic personality, psychotherapist and author. I offer in-depth analysis, strategies and practices for those psychologically and emotionally harmed and abused by toxic, predatory narcissistic personalities through my books: Recovering and Healing After the Narcissist and Freeing Yourself from the Narcissist in Your Life, international telephone consultations and global podcasts. I put the emphasis on helping individuals to access the calming, restorative parts of the parasympathetic body/mind systems that lead to healing, recovery, personal transformation and the evolution of your true, authentic self and your unique creative gifts.

Jan 6, 2023

Being "played" means exploited by someone who has no intention of forming a real relationship with you. The high level narcissist makes no commitments, is highly controlling and you become expendable. 

You were a true believer in the limitless power of the high level narcissist. You believed his/her pledge to bind up the psychological wounds of your childhood nightmare. This was your rescue, your salvation you told yourself.

Seeking temporary pleasure of elation, acting out behaviors, you fell hard for the narcissist's artfully wrapped promises, the ancient tale of romantic triumph, the flying carpet of self indulgence.

You rose higher and higher in the thrall of the high level narcissist's hypnotic potion that drove you to fateful distractions: detours and switchbacks leading to endless circles of vapid nowheres. You were lost to yourself countless times, feeling the painful weariness, thinking you could not move forward another step. 

Now you see through the delusions, demands, denials and dark secrets of the high level narcissist.

You stand awakened. Your psychological and emotional stamina hold you steady and true. You tell the high level narcissist with your actions, thoughts, creativity, psychological groundedness, spiritual clarity: "I Can't Be Played." 

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