Should You Publicly Expose a Narcissist?

Should You Publicly Expose a Narcissist? should you publicly expose a narcissist?
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If there’s one question that will weigh heavily on you after leaving a narcissist, it is whether you should go public and expose your narcissistic ex for who they truly are. As tempting as lashing out may feel, taking the high road and preserving your peace is ultimately the wiser choice.

On a surface level, the thought of unmasking your abuser’s false self to all they’ve cunningly fooled can provide a dark feeling of satisfaction. You may see that humiliating them will serve as karmic payback for the mind-games and psychological tortures they’ve subjected you to. You may be like, “If only everyone knew their true colors, then…”.

While the desire for justice through exposure is undoubtedly ‘human’, it mostly arises from you being wounded and angered by you experiences with them. Acting on that impulse will rarely bring the resolution or relief you seek. Basically, going public and exposing your ex can just make things worse. It can lead to more fighting and drama, keeping you stuck in the same unhealthy cycle of emotional abuse.

Your Truth Rarely Penetrates

One tough truth to swallow is that even solid evidence of a narcissist’s wrongdoings often doesn’t break through the illusion for those under their charm and manipulation. If you try to expose them to friends, family, or their new partners, they’ll likely use tactics like deflecting blame, denying the truth, or projecting their faults onto you.

Narcissists are skilled manipulators who can easily gaslight others, making them believe that you’re the unstable, vengeful one trying to get back at them. If you’re aggressive in spreading the truth, they’ll paint you as obsessive and crazy in their web of lies.

It’s a frustrating cycle where you present clear evidence of abuse, only to have it twisted into a narrative of you being unable to “move on” with your life. Every time you share proof of their behavior, they skillfully cast doubt by portraying you as bitter and obsessed.

Some narcissists may hold positions of authority or be highly involved in charitable work, projecting an image of selflessness and philanthropy to others. Their public image as good and generous people can make it harder to show others the truth about their abusive behavior. People might struggle to believe the accusations or the truth you’re trying to share because it doesn’t match the image they’ve seen. So, hoping to get justice by telling everyone about their wrongdoings often doesn’t turn out the way you hoped.

A Never-ending Cycle

Trying to expose a narcissist in hopes of validation can actually keep you tied to them and their abusive cycle. Instead of focusing on removing them from your life, you stay emotionally connected to them. Trying to get back at them usually just keeps you stuck in a never-ending battle of trying to prove yourself while they keep spreading lies about you. It takes up all your energy and keeps you from moving on and healing yourself.

The narcissist might enjoy provoking you like this because it makes them feel powerful again. Instead of holding them responsible for their actions, you’re stuck dealing with someone who enjoys causing conflict without any remorse. It turns into a never-ending cycle of arguments that wears you down while they seem unaffected.

Heal The Exposed Wounds

While it may seem like a noble deed or that you’re making a significant impact on the world by wanting to expose them, the real deal you need to take is to address what has been uncovered in your own closet first. They have exposed your insecurities and deep fears that are craving your attention — fears that kept you in that relationship and are now fueling the idea that exposing them will bring closure and peace.

While exposing them might seem like a noble act, don’t let it become the sole focus of your journey or distract you from addressing the emptiness within you. Just let it be; they are already hurting, and your exposure is nothing compared to the emptiness they feel inside. Save yourself the trouble and focus on working on yourself or channeling your energy into releasing the pain, anger, and resentment buried deep within. That’s what you deserve and what you need to show the world — a version of yourself that has done the inner work and found peace within.

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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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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