The “No Contact” Rule (Excerpt from “Narcissist Free”)

no-contactThe No Contact Rule for leaving a narcissist means exactly what it states: no contact. No emails, no texts, no late night dial and hang-ups, no drive-by’s, no contacting by proxy via friends, no Facebook or date site stalking, no leaving notes on his car or apartment door, no sending letters by mail……NO NOTHING. And it’s fucking hard! That said, it is definitely not impossible. 

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In my third book, Narcissist Free, I stress that No Contact also doesn’t apply only to when you leave the narcissist but also to when the narcissist leaves you which is more likely to happen in a Discard when you least expect it. When you’ve decided that enough is enough with his pathological relationship agenda…when you start daydreaming about being narcissist free of the anxiety…when you start doodling the words no contact all over the place….when you have all of these fine agendas in place but still can’t leave the narcissist and then he leaves you, you can still go no contact because you know he’ll be back someday – and when he does, you don’t have to be there. You can turn his silent treatment into no contact in the blink of an eye in your own mind – but you have to know the difference. In your mind, it has to be for good!

When normal relationships end, it isn’t always necessary to deliberately enforce a no contact rule. Typically, the relationship ends, and there is the usual heartbreak, maybe even some contact in between to tie up loose ends…but when a narcissist is involved, nothing is as it seems (because it was all smoke and mirrors anyway). Chances are you’ve always had that nagging, uncomfortable feeling anyway so it’s now time to erase him off the planet (hey, that sounds familiar – kinda like he does to you…yeah, that’s it!). The narcissist, as you know, will hoover or check back in periodically to make sure you’re still hanging around waiting to be his narcissistic supply again. He wants you to be suffering – that’s the whole point of the game.

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The more you suffer, the more he knows you really care….the more alive he feels. Your misery is his lifeblood.

zari-ballard-consultNo contact allows us to breathe, to relax in our own skin, to realize that we are worthy individuals outside of the reality the narcissist creates for us. Even if he leaves you, that should mean for you no contact game on! And make sure the door hits him on the way out! Then, bolt down the hatches, put some compassionate girlfriends on speed dial, delete his email address, delete his phone number (he’ll probably be changing it anyway – my did it every single time!), and start the no contact agenda…one painful day at a time. Giving up the need for closure and cutting the asshole off at the knees is the only way to save the rest of your life. This is one situation where no pain, no gain is a truism!

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  1. Even though we broke up and he moved out over a year ago , he stayed in contact with me for the last year . Even reeling me back in in the past 6 months , even though he has a new girlfriend . I didn’t realize he was a narcissist until reading your blog . It’s so true ; I’ve been dealing w a narcissistic selfish man w a drinking problem . After another round of fighting w him 2 months ago on the phone , calling him out for leading me on and lying , I have had no contact since then . He did reach out one week after our fight via text and then 4 days later via face time . But he has since given up . I Think he realizes I have no need to ever speak to him again . The no contact rule is definitely helpful . He has zapped my self esteem enough , broken my heart and we have no reason to speak . I think hE may actually leave me alone bc he’s in a relationship w a young woman who believes his bullshit and she has no kids so they can’t fight over their blended family as we did . But he moved only one mile away from our home and the convenience of his son’s school . I suppose time will tell . In ththe meantime , I need to be alone and heal . This man has messed up my head and I thank you for your wise words . At least I’ve learned how to deal w this personality .

  2. Zari,

    Does no contact mean the children he abused too? I took a step-mother role with them and they have been left with an eating disorder, panic disorder and addictions.

    • Hi Cindy,

      Unfortunately, a narcissist can no more be a good parent than he can be a good partner and children inevitably suffer. However, what can you do about that? The choice to make no contact include the children as well has to come from the other parent, if there is one, and even then that could become a legal issue. So, I guess my answer to your question is it should mean the children that he abused too but that unfortunately isn’t always possible. In that case, it would be up to the other parent to run interference as best as possible to ensure that the children get the help that they need.

      Zari xo

  3. I am married to a N and have reached the point, after 13 years together (2 years married) that I can no longer remain in the relationship- I am on day 2 of NC and finding the atmosphere in the house unbearable – when we lived apart, the silent treatment (frequent) would drive me demented and I wished he lived under the same roof as me so at least I would know where he was and be able to see or approach him as he would shut me out for days on end – now I do live with him it is my greatest regret as the tension and atmosphere is unbearable and he won’t move out of my house so I don’t feel I can be free of him. For the first time ever I resent his disrespectful treatment of me and recognise I am worth so much more – I just wish he would leave but we bought a dog together so that will keep him tied to me as I can’t give the dog up because my daughter loves him and it would break her heart – he hasn’t spoken to my daughter for 3 months either

  4. Zari….your posts (and attitude) continue to motivate me. Day 37 of NC…real NC….and was struggling this morning. When I read your words:

    “Even if he leaves you, that should mean for you no contact game on! And make sure the door hits him on the way out! ” …followed by ” cut the asshole off at the knees”….it gave me the motivation I needed.

    I did slam the door on her ass…by shutting down all means of communication, especially work instant messaging. And changing my schedule to not see her at work over the last 41 days.
    My ” little win” today is that despite never ever going TWO DAYS in the last four years without contact……when she disappeared, so did I. 37 days ago. And from work calls we have attended (one yesterday), she knows I got a promotion, knows everyone made me the centre of attention on the call (which she would hate) and knows that when I had to talk for 15 minutes, I sounded powerful, happy, confident and energetic. This is NOT the person that was a bundle of anxiety, insecurity, confusion, uncertainty and pain…just 37 days ago. I’m coming back…I’m finding me again.

    Thanks for your support.
    Stay strong everyone…….be happy.
    Brad

    • Hi Bradley,

      Well, it’s posts like THAT that keep ME motivated to keep the mission going strong! Congrats on your promotion and what a sweet, amazing REVENGE if there ever was one. Let your happy speech and you as the center of attention be the last thing that bitch remembers as she staggers through her miserable life. Rock on, brother!

      Zari xo