Studies have shown that silent treatment triggers the same response in the areas of the brain as during a physical injury. Professor Kipling D. Williams of the Purdue University of psychological sciences shows how ostracizing hurts individuals more than a physical injury.
He clearly mentions that psychological abuse such as ostracizing is an invisible form of bullying that doesn’t leave external scars but creates a deep psychological hurt within, the effects of which are grossly underestimated.
Document everything: Keep it simple. Document inappropriate emails, texts, and arguments and record times and dates if they changed or canceled plans. If things are volatile check with your state recording laws and record them, remember that the narcissist could also be recording you, so be very aware of what you say. Everything can and will be used against you to take away your kids. Most times it’s best to stick with only written communication as to have a record of every conversation.
Taking Narcissists To Court - Divorce 101 With Narcissistic Abuse/Domestic Violence/Divorce Attorney - Helen
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Keep a detailed, dated journal of everything that happens. Include the times that the incidents happen. Gather up as much financial information as you can (bank statements, tax returns, stock portfolios, deeds, pay stubs, etc.) and make copies. Do not keep any evidence at home where there is a risk of them being found. Financial sources may magically disappear after you/they leave and you will need evidence that they were there before. If you are going to need money and have access to joint finances, you may want to begin taking small, unnoticeable amounts and then socking the money away. If you charge groceries, every time you go, you may want to use the card to get cash back. Hide or remove your valuables and sentimental things to prevent them from being stolen or destroyed.
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