From time to time, I will have guest bloggers post topics on Narcissistic or Emotional Abuse. Below is one such guest blog post. Have you experienced word salad with a Narc? Comment below. And as always, I appreciate you sharing your stories with me.
Word salad is a tactic by the narcissist where the N uses a steam of disconnected words and ideas that are intended to fill your mind with nonsense and keep you occupied trying to figure out what the N is talking about. It's a form of diversion, a conversation stopper.
Word salad is a part of narc speak...the form of talking used by a narcissist to redefine words, to baffle, confuse, and control others. Word salad works because you can't find a way to answer it.
It goes along well with other forms of diversion, like:
1. Circular conversations.
2. Repeating the same thing again and again to drive you crazy.
3. Condescending answers or smearing and attacking.
4. Projection (accusing you of what the N is doing).
5. Playing the victim.
6. Making excuses.
The point of using all these together with word salad...a mish mash of disconnected ideas and words....is to give you a mystified sense of "What the heck just happened?"
Now, here's the most important point....this is done INTENTIONALLY. It's a manipulation, not actually random. It's a tactic. And, as a consequence, it shows that the narcissist always wants to CONTROL you and control conversations, not to resolve problems. You will not resolve anything with a narcissist. So, you have to ask yourself...can you live with that?
**Article reprinted with permission by Soulmates in Hell blog and was originally published on Oct. 13, 2015.
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