When recovering from abuse – particularly abuse from someone using narcissistic techniques – it’s common for the recovering person to end up hurting the people who are in the healthiest relationships with them.
There isn’t an easy guide if you step away from the “default”. But it can be a worthwhile path.
Abusers don’t just thrive on physical isolation. They train you to isolate yourself.
Ask yourself this question about your current situation. Then decide if it’s worth it.