There’s a thing they talk about now on social media where passive viewers and readers get information from other people’s experiences and opinions. They call it ‘lurking,’ but that’s really a pretty negative word for what can be a positive experience all around.
In some ways, it’s a lot like that traditional practice of just reading your local advice column in your newspaper or online magazine.
It’s true that you can learn a lot of things from listening to other people’s experiences. Here’s some of what you might encounter.
You’re Not Alone
Reading these kinds of columns and understanding other people’s experiences shows us that we are not alone in experiencing narcissist abuse or other problems.
In fact, that’s part of the reason that some people read these columns to get some reassurance that their crazy life is not so uniquely crazy after all. Reading some of the columns, you might come away with the perspective that some people face even more extreme problems than what you’re used to. There’s a certain kind of sympathy and catharsis here, but you also start to learn about some of the likely outcomes from certain types of interpersonal scenarios. That’s not “lurking” – lots of people post about their own experiences to help others, and to show that they have remained strong in the face of adversity. You can see it on Facebook, on Quora, everywhere. The Internet can bring us together for sharing.
Another thing that you learn if you read deeply is that many of these situations are very challenging. They affect people for life, and they affect relationships for the long term. You’ll hear experts suggest that people have to distance themselves from toxic individuals, even if they are family members or close friends. You can see that this is easier said than done, and you can understand some of the big challenges around changing lives in this way.
You Can Change It
On the flip side of that, listening to other people’s experiences, whether personally or in print, will show you some of the solutions that others have found. You may get a new inspiration around the idea that you can find a way out of some of the most crippling and painful interactions with a narcissist.
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