Saying No

“…By saying, “No thank you” you are actually rescuing yourself. When we focus on the other person, we lose track of what we actually do or say. You may see that what you are feeling bad about having done or said is not actually something you did or say, but rather something that the narcissist did or said.” from When Your Parent Is a Narcissist

Setting boundaries and learning to say “no” are crucial steps when it comes to detaching from a narcissist. In this blog post titled “3 Ways to Set Boundaries and Learn to Say ‘No'” from Psychology Today, Jennifer Rollin MSW, LCSW-C explains how to healthily create boundaries in relationships. Rollin writes:

“Setting boundaries can be difficult, but is such an important part of having healthy relationships and establishing an overall sense of well-being. It’s helpful to remember that when you say “no” to things, it frees up your time to focus on the pursuits that truly energize and excite you. Having good boundaries also enables you to experience less stress and to follow your life’s passion and purpose.”

Read the entire post here