Number 3: Schizophrenia and other psychosis.
According to the world health organization (WHO), schizophrenia is a severe mental illness that affects 20 million individuals globally. Psychosis, including schizophrenia, is marked by abnormalities in thought, perception, emotions, language, sense of self, and behaviour. Two of the common psychotic experiences involve hallucinations, which mean hearing, seeing, or feeling things that aren’t there, and delusions. This means fixed false beliefs or suspicions firmly held even when evidence is contrary. People impacted by the illness may find it challenging to work or study regularly.
Due to narcissists’ constant manipulation, victim-blaming, gaslighting, or brainwashing schemes, empaths may develop schizophrenia and other psychosis, as narcissists have twisted their minds by denying their reality and telling them that they are just hallucinating and being paranoid. This is one of the dangers of invalidating someone’s thoughts and feelings, as it may lead to serious mental illnesses.
Empaths will start doubting their state of mind because they have conformed to the narcissist’s manipulative words and incorporated them into their personalities. They are prone to believe the narcissist’s definition of having hallucinations or being paranoid because they do not know how to filter words or emotions that should enter their minds and hearts. This is not impossible to happen for regular empaths who are known to have fragile emotional boundaries and core identities. As a result, empaths’ minds are altered because they allow the narcissist’s inaccurate diagnosis of them to infiltrate their brains.
As mental, emotional, and physical abuse, have been tattooed on their minds and hearts, empaths tend to carry their fears, anxieties, and psychosis even when they physically separate themselves from their abusers. Empaths will often think that their abusers are stalking them and are out to get them even when it is not indeed happening.
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