In the realm of healing and recovery, you might hear terms and phrases like “Narcissists are parasites.” You might be wondering what this means and how knowing can help in your healing.
What is a parasite by definition?
According to Medicine News Today, a parasite is defined as:
An organism that lives in another organism, called the host, and often harms it. It is dependent on its host for survival - it has to be in the host to live, grow and multiply. A parasite cannot live independently.
Because a parasite depends on its host to live, it rarely ends up killing the host. If it did, it would be required to find somewhere else to live and feed off of. (This might be why Narcissists move from victim to victim - because they feel they can no longer draw power from the source. That they have indeed "killed" the victim.
The parasite benefits at the expense of the host - the parasite uses the host to gain strength, and the host loses some strength as a result.
Why are Narcissists called parasites then?
Based on the definition of what a parasite is, you can then draw the conclusion that Narcissists feed off of their victims. They suck the life out of them. That is why they are also called Emotional Vampires. By drawing their power from their victims, the victims in turn lose strength and resilience.
Narcissists are called parasites for a reason. They drain their victims over an extended period of time. They first need to gain the victim’s trust. That’s where the lovebombing comes in. (Read my post Love Bombing: How I Fell For It for more information.) They get you to trust them. Then, slowly but surely, they weave their web of deceit, their abuse tactics into the relationship.
A Narcissist’s strength is how they take whatever they can get whenever they can get it. It’s an investment. They have to be willing to invest the time into a relationship with you to extract what they want from you. Their only desire is to suck you dry, leaving you feeling dejected, alone and worthless.
During this parasitic attack, Narcissists will systematically destroy you. In my post Emotional Rape, I discussed the brutal psychological attacks that the Narcissist engages in. This is exactly why parasitic Narcissists are dangerous. Because they know exactly what they are doing to destroy you. Over time, they suck the life out of your soul. Just like a parasite feeds off of its host.
It is a known fact that Narcissists cannot ever form healthy attachments to people, nor can they ever truly love another. They bounce from relationship to relationship without ever feeling guilt or remorse for the devastation they leave in their wake.
Once you understand their parasitic nature, it will be easier to move forward in your healing and recovery.
What are your thoughts on Narcissists being parasites? Comment below. And as always, I appreciate you for sharing your stories with me.
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