Love Bombing with Narcissistic Abuse
by: Todd Doyle, International Author of Healing the Shattered: Surviving Narcissistic Abuse
Love bombing is a tactic often used by narcissistic individuals in abusive relationships as a way to win over and manipulate their partners. It involves showering the victim with excessive attention, affection, and gifts in the early stages of the relationship in order to create a strong emotional bond.
At first, love bombing can be very flattering and can make the victim feel special and loved. However, once the narcissistic individual has gained the victim’s trust and devotion, the love bombing often stops, and the abuser’s true colors are revealed. The victim may be subjected to emotional manipulation, verbal abuse, and other forms of abuse as the narcissistic individual seeks to maintain control and dominance in the relationship.
Love bombing can be especially insidious because it often happens at the beginning of the relationship when the victim is still trying to get to know the abuser and is not yet aware of their true intentions. It is important for individuals to be aware of the signs of love bombing and to be cautious of anyone who is excessively attentive and generous in the early stages of a relationship.
Love bombing is hard to distinguish from a normal, healthy relationship. It’s only after you’ve been with a narcissist and start to feel bad for loving them that you understand you were even love bombed. Love bombing is part of the pattern of narcissistic abuse. It’s part of their method of extracting supply from their primary supply. They seek to take from their victims while emotionally and psychologically destroying them at the same time. Love bombing is just one part of that. There are several other factors at play when you’re romantically involved with loving a narcissist.
If you or someone you know is experiencing love bombing in an abusive relationship, it is important to seek help and support from trusted friends, family members, or professionals. There are resources available to help you escape the cycle of abuse and regain control of your life. It is never too late to seek help and to make the decision to leave an abusive relationship.
[Love bombing, narcissistic abuse]