…ference between constructive criticism and emotional abuse when you’ve been abused your whole life. So “regular people” who grew up with non-narcissist parents will probably correctly perceive you to be an overreactor. (Which will, in turn, hurt your sensitive feelings.)
Nope. I know a lot of people who just don’t understand how our mother could be such a monster. Sure, she faked an illness for decades and financially, emotionally, and psychologically abused her kids. We barely had food or clothing growing up. But because she was a delight to be around in public, people just can’t believe she would do such things. Yeah, well. Trying being one of her daughters or her ex-husband. It is a whole different experience on the inside of the looking glass. We see beneath the warm, loving exterior and see the evil under the skin, observing the inconsistencies in the stories, the lies as they are being told, watching others as they follow her with blind faith and sigh in frustration, knowing we’re just being used.