This list was compiled from responses given in a support group for Scapegoat Adult Children of Narcissists. They were asked the question: What superpowers have you developed because you lived with a mentally ill, dysfunctional, or toxic person?
Here are some of the responses these incredible people provided. I hope this list gives you a new sense of personal power and helps you recognize more of what makes you awesome!
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Dark sense of humor
Able to sense toxic people
Able to detect mental illness or something mentally wrong with a person.
Able to read body language
Able to sense danger
Good at pretending to be asleep
Anticipate multiple outcomes and is prepared for almost anything
Comfortable being alone
Able to tolerate high stress
Know when something bad is going to happen
Feel other peoples energy
Feel calm in an emergency or crisis
Able to figure out complicated things
Able to read micro facial expressions
Able to detect changes in people’s energy
Can hone in on certain sounds: keys, footsteps, voices, car engines
Able to sneeze, cough and cry silently
Good at keeping other’s secrets
Remember every detail of events and conversations because of former gaslighting
Great at dealing with angry people
Ability to sense a con-artist
Great at cleaning
Great at anything to do with image: designing, decorating, clothing, accessorizing
Great at detecting narcissists
Able to hide emotions
Able to detect untrustworthy people
Able to lie well if needed
Able to manipulate others if needed
Able to admit when wrong
Able to escape situations
Able to see other’s perspectives
Able to manage people
Able to emotionally detach
Able to tune people out
Can switch emotions on and off
Adapt to any surroundings
Able to dissect a situation in seconds
Able to diffuse arguments
Good emotional control
Cook well, able to make meals out of nothing
Great self-preservation skills
Able to save money for unforeseen trouble
Thrive under pressure
See the red flags
Successfully sneaky when needed
Get along with literally anyone
What superpowers do YOU have? If you send them to me at Diane@dianemetcalf.com, I’ll add them to this list (anonymously, of course!)
Tools for healing:
Conscious awareness: Be aware and make conscious choices before acting. Self-awareness releases us from making impulsive and potentially damaging decisions.
Self-care: We can only choose to focus on and be responsible for ourselves, our own thoughts, actions, and behavior. We can change ourselves with patience, persistence, and practice. We can take responsibility for getting our needs met, instead of waiting for someone to change or meet our needs for us. We are in control of ourselves and no one is responsible for us but us.
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As a result of growing up in a dysfunctional home, and with the help of professional therapists and continued personal growth, Diane Metcalf developed strong coping and healing strategies. She happily shares those with those who want to learn and grow in their own recovery journies.
Diane is an experienced advocate, speaker, and writer on narcissism, family dysfunction, and abuse. She draws from her personal childhood experiences, as well as her work in human service fields like domestic violence and partner abuse. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Science in Information Technology.
Her transformational books about healing and moving forward include the highly praised “Lemon Moms” series. This emotionally supportive collection explains narcissistic traits and teaches how to reconcile past hurts to begin self-nurturing, healing, and moving forward.
This website is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional therapy.
What's YOUR Superpower?
Have you ever thought about how someone’s toxicity has affected you?
I have. If you have too, you might’ve first realized all of the negative ways your life was impacted by someone else’s untreated issues, faulty perceptions, or negativity.
But what if you turned those around and gave them a positive spin?
This list was compiled from responses given in a support-group for Scapegoat Adult Children of Narcissists. They were asked the question: What superpowers have you developed because you lived with a toxic person?
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