The target, who may possess high emotional intelligence, empathy, conflict-resolution skills, and the ability to compromise, may work diligently to respond to the deafening silence.
He or she may frequently reach out to the narcissistic person via email, phone, or text to resolve greatly inflated misunderstandings, and is typically met with continued disdain, contempt, and silence.
It’s pretty extreme, and this couple had already tried all sorts of other avenues to get back on track. For this woman (who speaks her mind openly and freely almost all the time, as far as I can tell), it was right for her.
And somehow, her action got through to her husband, because he began doing his own therapy to work on his own issues and figure out his role in their marriage. Maybe you have that brief moment where you feel like you’ve been wronged, , and then what?
You can only do it so long–eventually, it’s going to pop right up out of the water, probably when you least expect it. I’ve been thinking a lot about resentment lately, and trying to figure out how to let it go.