Escaping Narcissistic Abuse – Stages 4 and 5 of The Codependency Cure

Escaping Narcissistic Abuse – Stages 4 and 5 of The Codependency Cure

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Preparing for The Narcissistic Storm: Stage 4


Stage Four of the Ten Stage Self-Love Recovery Treatment Program empowers, educates, and guides embattled and often gaslit SLDs (codependents), so they can effectively set and keep boundaries while disengaging or terminating relationships with narcissists. In this seminar, you will learn how and why SLDs consistently and predictably fall victim to narcissistic abuse, and why it is nearly impossible to escape the vice-like grip of narcissistic abuse. You will learn about the manipulative and duplicitous strategies that narcissists use to easily render their victim-partners powerless. Power and control and manipulative strategies used to entrap and weaken SLD victims will be discussed.


You will learn about how a person’s Self-Love Deficit Disorder/SLDD (codependency) and narcissism interact. Neutralizing a narcissist’s debilitating stealthy engagement strategies will be taught. The interactional mechanics and consequences of placing boundaries on narcissists will be presented. Mastering this stage is analogous to becoming skilled at a “psychological chess game.” Predicting a narcissist’s “moves” helps the SLD escape narcissistic abuse.


Expect to learn the predictable manipulation, mind control, and power and control dynamics that narcissists use to entrap their victims. Without this proactive, educational, and supportive treatment stage, failure, relapse, and/or psychological harm will predictably befall the SLD. The now famous Observe, Don’t Absorb (ODA) Technique will be taught (800,000 YouTube videos views). Mastery of ODA enables SLDs to safely emotionally disconnect from the toxic “wrestling match” that the narcissist will do almost anything to keep them engaged in.


Setting Boundaries in a Hostile Environment: Stage 5


This is the Self-Love Recovery Stage when the “stuffhits the fan,” during which the prepared SLD moves confidently forward in their plan to escape narcissistic abuse and move closer to self-love abundance. In this stage, the SLD is confident, prepared, and appropriately frightened and nervous with their well-studied and rehearsed plan to set boundaries with people, who by definition, are going to resist and fight back with every bit of their dysfunctional abilities.


As a direct result of the lessons learned in the previous stage, SLDs are sufficiently prepared for the potentially harmful and dangerous reactions of the angered and more than likely agitated and dangerous narcissist. Since being “forewarned is forearmed,” this stage begins with Rosenberg’s “Surgeon General’s Warning,” which prepares SLDs for the pathological narcissist’s angry and retaliatory reactions to their newfound boundary-setting abilities, the potential for consequences and harm, while accurately predicting the wholesale loss of friends, loved ones, and family members.


One boundary at a time, the SLD begins to insulate and protect themselves, while for the first time, getting a taste of self-love, self-respect, and hope. SLDs are prepared for the “extinction response” or a last-gasp effort to do almost anything to return the SLD back to his/her former trapped relationship role and dysfunctional mental health patterns. Further disconnecting from the narcissist’s gaslighting and system manipulation is discussed. SLDD (codependency) addiction and relapse risks are discussed.


Stage 5 leaves few-to-no pathological narcissists “standing,” except those to whom the SLD has little choice but to remain connected—such as an elderly parent or a husband who controls the finances and/or children. The carefully executed uncoupling of the SLD/narcissist relationship, and the implementation of boundaries and safety measures, ensures the completion of this stage and the reaching of the next.

Ross Rosenberg, M.Ed., LCPC, CADC, CSAT is a psychotherapist, international speaker, author, professional trainer, and codependency (Self-Love Deficit Disorder), narcissism, trauma and sex addiction expert. He owns Self-Love Recovery Institute, where his work as a writer, psychotherapist, seminar leader, keynote speaker, professional witness is featured.  His trainings, which feature all original work, have been presented in 30 states and twice in Europe and he is regularly featured on TV, radio and online. Ross’s educational YouTube videos have been viewed over 16 million times, attracting more than 170,000 subscribers. His books, “The Human Magnet Syndrome”, have sold over 100,000K copies and been translated and published in six languages.


Ross Rosenberg is SLRI™’s primary trainer. He is the consummate mental health educator. His advanced education, professional license, advanced clinical certifications and more than 30 years of professional work experience enables him to create, produce and provide compelling and life-changing seminars. Ross is also an accomplished international professional trainer and keynote speaker, working in 30 US states (70 cities) and abroad. His educational products span international boundaries, as his book is published in six languages, while his YouTube videos are enjoyed by millions worldwide. Ross’s seminars are like no other, as they are as entertaining as they are informative. His sense of humor and personal vulnerability disclosures of his own recovery journey adds a sense of integrity to his work.

This online workshop will give you instant access to 5.5 hours of video content, accessible via streaming on our website, as well as downloads for supplemental materials. You can view the course content in your own time, there is no time limit on access.


A certificate of completion will be generated upon finishing the course and completing a short evaluation quiz. Please consult your professional organisation/association to confirm whether you are able to claim any CPD points/hours for this online workshop.