Quote from the Narcissist’s Child:
I have read many reports of the aftermath of sending that heartfelt NC letter that contained a long list of the narcissist’s hurtful behaviours and words. I have never heard of a favourable reaction. Not once have I heard of a narcissistic mother suddenly finding her heart and feeling it squeezed with pain for her suffering child.
What I have heard of…and experienced myself…it receiving a scathing letter in return, full of denial, gaslighting, twisting of the victim’s words, projection, accusations, and outright lies. I have heard of letters full of fauxpologies (“I am sorry you feel that way…”) and verbal attacks, accusations of wrongdoing on the part of the victim, and threats.
I have heard of letters accusing the victim of being mentally incompetent, expressing sorrow and concern for the victim’s children (thinly-veiled threats about the victim’s competence to have custody of those children) and outright threats of ruining the victim’s name in the family and community, even in her workplace.
I have heard of letters in which the NM pretends a breakdown because of the letter, in which she claims to have become emotionally overwrought and her health negatively affected by the cruelty of the victim’s letter.
I have heard of letters in which the NM vows that she will never be shut out and letters in which the NM shuts the victim out. I have heard of virtually anything you can imagine short of promising murder…or making a sincere apology and heartfelt promise to do better.
I didn’t have to deal with N parents, rather N “friends.” But this is much the same as what happened to me. In my case, I didn’t actually send a letter, though I did write one intended to be sent to Richard on my death (when his wife Tracy could no longer do anything in retaliation).
See, I thought Richard at least had a heart, that Tracy was the narcissist making him do her bidding.
But I did blog–using changed names–about what happened. This blog was meant to vent my feelings, work out what happened, and provide a resource for others going through the same thing.
Yeah, well, they found it. And sent a scathing e-mail which matches everything the above blogger warns of. You can read it here.
For three years, my Ns have continued to read my blog regularly, yet have never once expressed remorse or admitted to wrongdoing. And that includes Richard, not just Tracy, telling me that my worst suspicions are true:
That Richard also is a narcissist, not just Tracy.
Now, it has done me some good anyway, because I was able to defend myself to them at last. I felt stifled from this before. However, it never got the intended result: their repentance. (And they claim to be Christians. You can tell true Christians by their actions.)
Maybe results from such a letter to the N are not as horrific if it’s not your family, or you don’t have a lot of the same friends. Mine threatened to start coming to my church, but stopped soon after. I have no idea where they go now, if anywhere. But if your N has all sorts of connections to your life, I can imagine this being a huge threat:
The fall out was horrific. Family members were lied to. My work place was contacted. I received threats that the letter I wrote would be sent to my friends. I received threats that my children would be contacted and told “what their mother is really like”. Siblings who rely on her financially cut ties. Legal action was threatened. —Anonymous, in a comment
I can’t help wonder if my own Ns threatened me with legal action, accusing me of threatening them with some kind of widespread defamation campaign, NOT because I ever made such a threat, but because that’s what THEY would do.
The blog post is here: What happens when you send your N “the letter” by The Narcissist’s Child