The No Contact Rule is hard enough to accomplish alone. Imagine the narcissist showing up on your doorstep threatening to kill himself if you don’t go back to them?
Unfortunately, the fake suicide tactic is very common among narcissist. It’s their last resort to try to win back their partner. It’s an excellent form of manipulation because most people don’t take suicide threats lightly.
Suicide threats from the narcissist will provoke victims of narcissistic abuse to show pity for the narcissist and it may inspire them to put back on their cape and try to nurture and save the narcissist.
The narcissist may just say he needs a friend and he doesn’t want to get back with you but he’s lying, as usual!
The narcissist will use this classic tactic to eventually crawl back in through the good graces of his victim to resume the toxic relationship they once had.
I am warning you, don’t take the bait!
If a narcissist threatens suicide contact the local authorities and report the threat. Do not respond to the narcissist. If you’re angry and say something mean like “Well, go kill yourself then!” That can be used against you and you could face criminal charges.
Ignore the narcissist but do not ignore the suicide threat.
Report it and leave it at that. If you are in the No Contact phase and well on your way to ending the relationship you must adhere to the rules. You cannot reply to the narcissist threatening text, emails, messages on social media or phone calls regarding their suicide attempts.
After you report the threat to the police your work is done. It is no longer your responsibility to soothe the narcissist and run to their aide. It’s time to take care of yourself!
Most suicide threats from narcissist never actually happen. It’s just a manipulation tactic. However, if a narcissist does commit suicide because you won’t go back to an abusive relationship with them, please know that it is not your fault. It actually has nothing to do with you and everything to do with mental illness.
By Janell Hihi @Copyright 2019