This mini-course will help you to overcome the powerlessness that narcissistic abuse causes.
All the journaling prompts are inspired by our interview with Dr. Alicia Rozycki:
To get the most out of this course, consider listening to the interview first and then diving into the course content.
Signs of Powerlessness
Everyone’s experience with narcissistic abuse and its aftermath is unique, so your feelings of powerlessness might manifest differently from someone else’s feelings of powerlessness.
Below are some questions you can ask yourself to help determine if you feel powerless.
5 Strategies for Overcoming Powerlessness
1.) Admit That You Are Feeling Powerless
The first strategy Dr. Alicia mentioned in the interview was admitting that you feel powerless.
She said this first because the first step to addressing any issue is recognizing that it exists.
You might be in denial about your feelings to protect yourself from pain.
Admitting to the emotion means breaking through this denial, which is essential for healing.
Admitting to a feeling is an active process. Once you’ve recognized and validated your emotion, you’re more prepared to take active steps to address and overcome it.
Assess Your Situation
The second strategy Dr. Alicia mentioned in the interview was assessing your situation.
Some of the prompts below may resonate more with those currently experiencing narcissistic abuse, while others may be more relevant to those who have left such environments but grapple with past experiences. Please focus on the prompts that feel most pertinent to your situation.
The third strategy Dr. Alicia mentioned in the interview was to educate yourself about narcissism and narcissistic abuse.
Education provides clarity and offers the means to navigate away from feelings of powerlessness toward a place of self-assuredness.
Understand What Problematic Behaviours You May Have Developed in Order to Cope with Narcissistic Abuse
The fourth strategy Dr. Alicia mentioned in the interview was understanding your potentially problematic behaviors.
Understanding your problematic behaviors gives you power. It moves you from a passive role (being subjected to abuse) to an active one (understanding, analyzing, and deciding to make changes).
Below, you’ll find some prompts that help you with this strategy, and again, please focus on prompts that most resonate with you.
The fifth strategy Dr. Alicia mentioned in the interview was practicing assertiveness.
By being assertive, you actively reclaim your voice and assert your rights, which can be a significant step in regaining a sense of personal power and autonomy.
Below, you’ll find some prompts that help you with this strategy. Please focus on prompts that most resonate with you.