Quite a few people on the blog have just left or are planning to leave their relationship with someone they consider to be a narcissist. This applies to them and anyone else who has just left a relationship and is thinking maybe they made a mistake, because if it was that bad why does it hurt so bad?
Family and friends are surprisingly unsympathetic, it’s been 7 years for me and I still remember some remarks by people that really stung, like:
Why are you so sad? You should be happy to be free from him?
If it was so bad why are you so upset?
You guys have broken up before, you’ll get back together, you can never stay away from each other?
Self doubt does not mean it was a mistake, it means you are normal.
Here is a Matthew Hussey video on the topic of self doubt after a breakup. Do yourself a favor and take 5 minutes to listen, the link is right here.