How Long Should You Wait After a Narcissistic Relationships to Get into Another one

How Long Should You Wait After a Narcissistic Relationships to Get into Another one how long should you wait after a narcissistic relationships to get into another one

When you’ve left that narcissistic relationship, you’ll experience a whole range of emotions that may seem unbearable. One of those feelings you’ll encounter is loneliness, and this can make you want to start looking for another relationship. You may simply want to be held by someone else so that you can feel loved, craving some cuddles to help you through those cold nights, which is entirely understandable. The painful feeling of being alone may drive you to download multiple dating apps as you strive to find someone better than the last one, which in most cases turns out to be another nightmare.

So, how long should you really wait after that narcissistic relationship before getting into another one or even getting back into the dating scene? Is it once you understand the red flags? Is it after giving it some time? Is it once you understand your boundaries? Is it when you find your match through matchmaking? Let’s explore some of these aspects.

Understanding Red Flags Doesn’t Mean You’re Ready

One common mistake you will probably make when it comes to dating after abuse is learning about the red flags of a narcissistic relationship and then thinking that you can now spot them, and you’re ready to go out there. I’ve also noticed that some people take the risk of going on dates and then post questions in groups or online forums asking if some of the behaviors displayed by their dates or potential partners are red flags. Understanding red flags is a preventive measure and a great step towards breaking free from abusive relationships and weeding out the toxic people you’re about to date, but it is not enough.

Knowing red flags alone will not keep you from falling for them, as subconsciously you will water down those red flags or even think they are green flags, as those are the comfortable aspects of relationships your mind has gotten used to. You’ve been accustomed to relationships that hurt you for most of your life, so your mind or your subconscious beliefs will do anything to convince you that your potential partner who is displaying some red flags is the best one for you. After all, your mind is trying to keep you ‘safe’ by pulling you to the familiar and the predictable.

In short, understanding red flags or signs of a narcissistic relationship, even with tools like the 41-point narcissist checklist or careful scrutiny of all your dates or potential partners, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ready to start dating.

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Time is not the Healer of All Wounds

Another aspect to consider when determining readiness to re-enter the dating scene is time. You may have left that relationship five years ago or even longer, and now you feel that a significant amount of time has passed, making you believe you’re ready to move on and jump into another relationship. Perhaps you’ve relocated to different locations or even countries, and you see this as your opportunity to find that ‘perfect’ mate.

However, time alone is insufficient to transform the underlying issues or wounds that drew you into and kept you in abusive or unhealthy relationships. It’s similar to staying in a dusty house and expecting time to magically clear away the dust and make it clean. Without actively cleaning the house, the dust may accumulate on various surfaces, making it even more challenging to clean later. Similarly, with your emotional wounds, you might forget about them, but they may still linger in your psyche. When you attempt to re-enter the dating scene with unhealed wounds or deep-seated fears, you may unconsciously attract the same patterns that plagued you in the past.

In short, regardless of whether it’s been 10, 20, 30, or 40 years, time alone doesn’t necessarily indicate readiness for another relationship. It’s crucial to address and resolve the internal aspects or the emotional dust that kept you in toxic relationships or made you a magnet for narcissistic relationships.

Being ‘Boundaried’

Another aspect that may make you feel ready to jump into the dating scene is understanding your boundaries. There are two aspects to consider here: understanding your boundaries on a superficial level and truly believing that you are worthy of those boundaries. You might possess a clear intellectual understanding of your boundaries, but deep inside, there’s a realization that when faced with challenges or when encountering a charming person, you may be inclined to lower them just a ‘little bit.’ This could be driven by a desire not to hurt or lose the person. In such cases, your boundaries may not be genuinely healthy; they may be more porous and rigid, guided by fear.

Even if you have established boundaries, if they are accompanied by deep-seated fears and insecurities, they have already been breached. The thieves are already in your compound or house, and they are likely to let in others. These fears can attract individuals who exploit you because that aligns with what feels safe within you. Merely having boundaries may not be sufficient for entering another relationship if those boundaries lack a foundation of your authenticity; they may only be stemming from your inner fears.

Working on Your Unhealed Wounds

The only sure way to know if you’re ready to jump into the dating scene is when you have moved on on a deep level. This involves addressing the subconscious reasons that kept you in or continue to lead you to attract toxic relationships or various unhealthy habits in your life. It’s a point where you engage in a negotiation with your mind, explicitly communicating that the old patterns of attracting or staying in narcissistic relationships for validation and approval no longer serve you, and as an adult, you now have the power of choice. True readiness comes when you release those subconscious beliefs and actively work on healing the wounds and scars developed in your environment or past relationships — wounds that made the once-painful environment feel safe and comfortable.

Having addressed these issues, you gain the conscious choice to decide whether to date or not. You become equipped to use tools like understanding red flags and establishing healthy boundaries to support you as you enter the dating scene. Additionally, you logically understand the best places to look for potential healthy partners and understand the necessary steps to nurture meaningful relationships and connections in your life.

In conclusion, your readiness to date or jump into a new relationship is not for someone else to determine; it’s a matter of being honest with yourself. If you still harbor feelings of revenge, anger, and resentment from your past experiences, it’s advisable to work on resolving those emotions first. Only you truly know or understand your desire for a new relationship, whether it stems from a fear of being alone or is part of your personal growth and the pursuit of meaningful connections. The conscious choice regarding your next step is yours to make, so choose wisely.

Note from the Author

If you’re ready and you’d like my help with healing, finding peace in life and breaking free from these toxic patterns, then you can book a FREE BREAKTHROUGH CALL with me HERE. Happy healing 💙💙. Feel free to share and comment! Use this information with caution, it comes from my own thoughts & bias, experiences and research😊.

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Edwin Bii

I'm Edwin Bii, a trained advanced conversational hypnotherapist (ACH) and Mind Shifting Coach from Kenya offering mental health support, and life coaching to help you crush your goalsand overcome your problems. Together, we'll navigate challenges, build self-awareness, and create a happier, healthier you. Let's unlock your potential.

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