I Prevail… Alternative Rock 105.1

Been dialed into the local alternative rock all day, from the office to home. Took a short dinner break with a friend back home now and working on home improvement projects! Kind of a DIY junkie always doing something with power tools, or a paint brush, etc…  This genre keeps me motivated to get it done 🙂



Narcissistic Love Pattern: The recycler


I am often asked, “Will my narcissistic ex come back to me again?” I can reassure you that there is one type of narcissist that almost always returns.  I call them “the recyclers.”

“Recyclers” can be men or women.  What they have in common is that they tend to cycle through the same set of lovers over and over again.  Unlike many narcissists, people with this narcissistic love pattern tend to avoid confrontations and they value being with someone predictable over the novelty of a new conquest. I think of them as “sequential monogamists.” While they are with a person, they are faithful; but as soon as they become bored or narcissistically wounded, they move on to the next available person in their group.  Over time, they assemble a collection of undemanding lovers who are willing to take them back repeatedly.  If no one drops out, this pattern can go on forever.  Eventually, most of the lovers realize that there are others in the group, but they either become resigned to the situation or have their own reasons for accepting this type of intermittent relationship.

Example: Robby

Robby had an interesting collection of women: Three had never been married, one was divorced, and the other lived with what she described as a boring, older husband.  Unlike many narcissists, Robby liked women around his own age and enjoyed their companionship.  The women liked Robby because he liked them and also because he was very adventurous and brought excitement into their lives.  He liked his women agreeable and predictable and his life uncomplicated and spontaneous.  He would suddenly get it into his head that they should both go to Las Vegas for the weekend, he would buy airline tickets immediately, and then they were off on an adventure together.  And, if he got bored in Las Vegas, he simply arranged for them to move on to some place new.  Robbie recycled places in the same way that he recycled women—Las Vegas led to New Orleans, which led to Big Sur, which might lead to Hawaii. Robbie did not really care which of the women he was accompanied by, as long as he got whatever he wanted from the experience.

  • Why do recyclers move on?

If “recyclers” value predictability and monogamy, you may wonder: “Why do they move on at all?”  The answer is that they suffer from the same issues as other people with narcissistic personality adaptations (I prefer the word “adaptation” to “disorder”):

  • Narcissists lack “object constancy.”

“Object constancy” is a psychology term for the ability to maintain your positive feelings for a person (including yourself) while you are feeling frustrated, hurt, angry, or disappointed by the person.  It also includes the ability to maintain your emotional connection to the person when he or she is not physically present. A lack of “object constancy’ is considered to be one of the hallmarks of a personality disorder.

Because “recyclers” lack “object constancy,” when they become narcissistically wounded by their current lover, they lose all their positive feelings towards the person. Rather than staying and trying to work out the issue, they simply leave, and move on to one of the other lovers in their group.

As each lover in turn disappoints or angers them, they move on again…and again.

  • People are interchangeable

Narcissists often see people, even those that they profess to love, as interchangeable.  As one beautiful narcissistic woman said to me: “If he doesn’t give me what I want, I can always find another who will.”

Another man told me very frankly that “people are like hamburgers or tissues to me.” I need them for what they can do for me.  Most of what people call “love,” I see as convenience.”

The reason “recyclers” can move on so easily is that they are not at all concerned about the feelings of the lovers involved.  They do not spend a minute imagining anyone else’s pain but their own.  If they give the issue a thought, they simply tell themselves one of the following:

If they cared about me staying, they wouldn’t do (fill in the blank).
They deserved it.
What was all that fuss about? (After the person started crying and begging them not to leave).

  • If their status rises, they may decide to “upgrade” their lovers

As people are basically interchangeable to narcissists and narcissists are low on empathy, some “recyclers” choose a new group of lovers when their status changes for the better.  They want someone on their arm that reflects their new higher status. Think of all those rock stars who seem to marry ever younger versions of the same blond woman.

Example—Diane the lawyer

Diane was beautiful, smart, and a rising star at her law firm.  As she became more successful and started dressing in Chanel suits and Ferragamo shoes, she decided that she needed to upgrade her men as well. Previously, Diane had managed to remain on good terms with most of her exes and had developed a group of men she cycled through who were almost always happy to have her back in their life, however briefly.  Now she was meeting new, higher status men who could afford the Brioni suits to match her Chanel.  She liked being seen with them and gradually started to integrate these new men into her rotation. Within a year, Diane had developed an entirely new set of lovers and then simply stopped responding when a man from her old, less affluent group called her.

The last word:  If your narcissistic ex-lover keeps returning to you only to leave yet again, perhaps it is time to ask yourself: “Do I want this person back in my life on these terms?” It is your choice if you want to get back into the rotation now that you know that your turn lasts only as long as your narcissistic ex is perfectly happy with you.

This article is based on three of my Quora.com posts:

  1. Do Narcissists ever discard people permanently (12/13/16)
  2. Do Narcissists return to their former victims (12/5/16)
  3. Do Narcissists quickly forget their exes? (1/5/17)

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Surviving the Guilt Left Over From Narcissistic Abuse — Divorcing a Narcissist Blog *Repost*

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A little vision into what it is like being a victim to a personality disordered Narcissist.

After Narcissistic Abuse

From my Book – From Charm to Harm and Everything else in Between with a Narcissist! @http://www.amazon.com/Charm-Harm-Everything-Narcissist-Narcissistic/dp/1523820179/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1462614209&sr=1-1&keywords=from+charm+to+harm

Throughout my relationship, I knew that the person I was ‘with’ wasn’t emotionally well, I just didn’t know how unwell AND how emotionally unwell I had become for even wanting to continue and staying in this toxic relationship. I was blind sighted by the ‘love bombing’ and believing the “woe-be-me” stories/excuses in the beginning which are the most dangerous of the tools a Narcissist uses to trap their target.


For those who have been through it, I don’t need to explain any of this. It just didn’t make any sense to me! It was like something inside of them is/was wrong, injured, or whatever (rotten.) Unfortunately, I believed it could be healed or fixed and I kept applying “bandages” in an attempt to fix something SO unseen and so deep and damaged…

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