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Make a plan when you are divorcing a narcissist

Being married to a narcissist is difficult. Divorcing one isn't any easier. A narcissist likes to play games to get his or her own way. They like to manipulate people and will stop at almost nothing to get what they want. This is part of what makes it so hard to go through a divorce that involves a narcissist.

The number of men who are extreme narcissists is almost double the number of women in that classification. However, the majority of divorces are initiated by women. This is a difficult combination for the male narcissist because he wasn't the one in control of the divorce. This means that he might be ready for a fight before there is any need for one.

As you work through a divorce from a narcissist, whether that person is a male or female, you have to be prepared to deal with the hazardous way the person might act. It isn't going to be enough to simply get the divorce over with. Instead, the narcissist is going to want to prove that he or she got the better of you.

In some cases, the narcissist might shun any negotiations. Instead, he or she will opt to push for a trial just because you are willing to negotiate. This helps the person feel like they are in control of you for just a little longer.

You can't go into divorcing a narcissist without a clear picture of your rights and responsibilities. Not knowing these leaves you vulnerable to the lies the person might try to tell you. It is imperative that you verify every statement made by the other party so that you can know when to stand your ground.

Source: Psychology Today, "13 Things You Must Know if You Are Divorcing a Narcissist," Peg Streep, accessed March 17, 2017

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