Part one was a slight exaggeration of the hell I went through working in a narcissist work environment. My two years spent in that environment was pure hell. It was like I was locked up in a prison that I desperately tried to get out of. I am so thankful I had two co-workers that were sane and kept me sane through those years.
My husband, who is a life coach, gave me a lot of great advice in dealing with a narcissist. The thing that blew me away was that a narcissist will make you think that there is something wrong with you. They do a mind-fuck on you, and you actually start questioning your own sanity.
The worst part was the infection of narcissism spread through much of the university. I went from manager to manager, even the Provost, with my concerns at how I was being treated by the Crack Pots. No one would listen. I even wrote a letter to the President of the university and talked with union reps and got nowhere.
What I experienced on a daily basis were lies being spread around about me, manipulation by the Crack Pots, cussed at by coworkers, and being told by coworkers that they were my boss when they weren’t. This didn’t stop with me, the Crack Pots had our Vice Provost in their crosshairs also.
I endured two years of a psychotic, sick, disgusting, manipulative work environment, but I finally escaped. Almost two years to the day I got offered another job and I got the hell out. However, even four months of being let out of the psychotic jail not everything is rainbows and unicorns. Lately, I have been dealing with PTSD from the interactions with the Crack Pots. Even though now I work in a very supportive environment with very supportive managers, I am still dealing with residual shit from doing my time at the psych ward up north.
If anyone is reading this and you are in the same situation, get the hell out as soon as you can. There is no winning with a narcissist. They will twist the truth to get other Crack Pots to join them. No matter how ridiculous the words are that come out of their mouths, it doesn’t matter. They believe they are right. You can argue with them as much as you want but nothing will ever change. The only way to deal with them is to walk away and let them drown in their own pool of lies.
Moving away and back to a healthier work environment has been a blessing. Every day I am thankful for coworkers and managers who are mentally stable and encouraging.