This can apply to meeting new friends as well so keep that in mind.
Often times once you wake up to this pattern of narcissistic abuse, you start getting all the toxic people out of your life.
Now I don’t mean red flags of narcissism, I mean red flags of desperation to fill the loneliness like maybe you’re acting needy or maybe you’re just too quick to get involved with someone and accept their disrespectful behavior.
When they start to test you to see how much you’re willing to put up with, people sense your willingness to accept a lack of respect, even if it’s at an unconscious level, and then you’re perceived as not worthy.
They might do this because they want to forget their ex or they’re feeling really lonely and it is so important not to date when you’re feeling lonely.
I’m gonna tell you how it goes from one to done, meaning one to back in the abuse cycle again or at the very least lowering your value and settling for less than what you’re worth, which then leads you into more negative cycles.
You realize just how many toxic people were in your life, maybe even family members.