How Long Will A Narcissist Rebound Relationship Last?

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The question of how long a narcissist rebound relationship will last is largely dependent on what the next person can offer the narcissist for them to profit from. Everything in a narcissist’s world always boils down to one thing – narcissistic supply.

If the new person simply offers them a short-term source of attention, sex and accommodation, the narcissist will utilise them while looking for more supply on the side.

So, let’s explore what constitutes a rebound relationship and how it translates into the world of a narcissist.

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What is a Rebound Relationship?

Narcissist Relationship

To explore a narcissist rebound relationship, first let’s explore what comprises a regular rebound.

Rebound Relationship

A rebound relationship is when someone moves into a new relationship before emotionally moving on and healing from their last one. It’s basically a reaction to their previous relationship.

People often jump into, or find themselves in new relationships really quickly after a break-up with their last partner. A major reason for moving so fast is to distract themselves from the pain of the break-up.

Why do people get into rebound relationships?

  • To escape the feelings of loneliness
  • To seek validation that they are worthy and wanted
  • To fill a cultural or societal expectation that they need to be partnered
  • To feel ‘alive’ again
  • To feel safe and secure
  • For financial or material reasons

Moving into a new relationship too quickly, before giving yourself the chance to process and heal from the last one can be to your detriment. It can cause you to get stuck in the same old cycle with someone new and not actually grow as a soul.

Why it’s important to heal after a break-up

As human beings, what the vast majority of us all seek from relationships can be broken down into just a few main aspects.

  • Unconditional love
  • Security
  • Approval
  • Validation

We all come into this world seeking unconditional love, security, approval and validation from our outside world (our caregivers). Unfortunately, due to deep ancestral and conditional traumas, many of our parents were not able to provide some or all of those things to us.

So, we grow into adults who head out into the world searching for the very things that were missing for us as children. These are the very things that we seek in our relationships.

However, there’s one fundamental flaw with this unconscious strategy.

When we are constantly looking for other people to fill our own personal gaps, it means we are consistently handing our power over to others. The danger here is that energy vampires (like narcissists) love people who walk around handing their power over to everyone else.

The truth is that an endless abundance of self-love, self-approval, self-validation and self-security can only ever be found within.

When we take all the time that is necessary after a break-up to really go inside of ourselves, we can begin the journey back home. This is the true place to find all of the things that have been missing our whole lives.

It’s a process of actually embracing the loneliness and triggers so that you can access your deepest wounds and release them from your body forever.

And actually, there is no time limit on how long that process takes for you. I’m one-and-a-half years in and still going (there’s a lot of trauma to shift!). So, the idea of a rebound relationship actually makes me want to crawl into a hole, because I know I’m not yet ready to have someone else in my world.

Then, once you’ve done all of the healing, growing and learning that you were destined to do from the previous relationship, you’ll know when you’re ready to open up to the possibility of a new relationship. Not because you’re running from yourself or looking for a distraction to fill a void, but because you’ve done the work.

Once you’ve truly healed and become your own source of love, validation, security and approval, never again will you hand your power away to someone else in the hopes of them giving you those things.

That’s precisely what our souls signed up for when we took on this Earth journey. It’s always about soul growth and learning to become completely sovereign beings.

Can a rebound relationship last?

Not all rebound relationships come to a crashing end within the month, however many of them can do. You see, rebound relationships are not built on the same solid foundation that non-rebound relationships tend to be.

When one or both parties is still ruminating over their ex and is not able to be fully present, it makes it hard to build a relationship together moving forward into the future.

Experts say that a rebound relationship will usually last anywhere from 1 – 12 months, with it being lucky to expand past the initial excitement of the ‘honeymoon’ phase.

That’s not to say that the relationship can’t grow beyond the rebound stage. If both parties have a mutual respect and care towards each other, it can definitely evolve into a loving, supportive and healthy relationship.

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Narcissist Rebound Relationship

Narcissist Selfie, New Supply

Now that we understand what a rebound relationship is all about, let’s explore the narcissist rebound relationship.

There are actually two different ways you can look at this. Either every narcissist relationship is a rebound or, narcissist rebound relationships don’t actually exist.

THEORY 1: Every Narcissist Relationship is a Rebound

The very nature of narcissism means that they refuse to acknowledge any flawed aspects of themselves, which effectively makes healing an impossibility.

Through childhood trauma, the narcissist made the unconscious choice a long time ago, to sever the connection with their True Self. You see, it was the existence of their True Self, which was responsible for them having to feel their inner wounding of rejection, abandonment and self-loathing.

So, instead of acknowledging and feeling those things, they amputated the part of themselves that was making them go there.

Without having access to their True Self, the narcissist is now left with zero capacity (or desire) to grow on a soul level. They no longer have the resources required to be able to look within, be accountable for their part in the breakdown of the relationship and heal.

Narcissists will bounce from one relationship to the next, without learning any lessons from their previous relationships, other than how to manipulate harder next time. They have no interest in taking the time to mend their wounds, so from that perspective, they could all be classed as rebound relationships.

Reasons we could view ALL narcissist relationships as rebounds:

  • They are never healed as they move into a new relationship
  • They’re often still focussed on ‘winning’ against their ex
  • They’re often still using their ex for narcissistic supply
  • They haven’t let go of their ex, because they view them as an item that they ‘own’

Many narcissists can go into new relationships with definite hang-ups about their ex. But it’s not because they miss their ex or loved them in any capacity. In fact, they view their exes as items in which they own.

To the narcissist, their ex was purely a tool that they could use for energy and resources, in order to prop up their False Self.

READ: Does the Narc Miss Me?

If a narcissist has ‘owned’ you once, they believe that they own you forever.

They do not like to share their ‘toys,’ therefore they expect you to be sitting around pining for them and providing them with supply whenever they put their hand out for it.

In addition, the narcissist will always view themselves as a complete victim at the hands of their ex, even though they were the abusive one. They will feel completely entitled to all of the physical goodies from their ex, including cash, material items, property and child custody, just to name a few.

The narcissist can most definitely bring a tonne of baggage into their new relationship, especially if they’re still fighting with their ex or going through a divorce.

READ: 10 Narc Divorce Tactics [12 Tips]

Not only that, but they’ll be also actively smearing their ex’s name to all and sundry, while painting themselves to be the angel who has done no wrong.

If you discarded the narcissist, they must completely devalue you, then flip the script around to a place where they were the ones to have actioned the discard. This is the only way their ego can control the storyline, which says that they are superior, while you are inferior.

It’s a reaction to avoiding the pain of rejection, while creating (in their false reality) that you were worthless to them.

Does that sound like someone who’s completely moved on from their past relationship and is ready to healthily move forward with someone new? No way!

As if all of that isn’t enough, the narcissist will quite often still be using their ex for supply. They might be hoovering their ex to keep them on the hook, just in case the rebound relationship doesn’t work out.

READ: How Narcs Hoover

Another tactic is to use social media and flying monkeys to intentionally trigger their ex, to extract heavily charged emotions from them. All of these things feed them narcissistic supply (even if they never see them). Their ex’s energy and attention make them feel so incredibly significant, that they can extract life force energy from them remotely.

All of this evidence leads me to the next perspective, which is that the narcissist rebound relationship doesn’t actually exist.


Given that the narcissist is a fractured soul who enters every relationship unhealed and still hung up on extracting energy from their ex, you could surmise that every narcissist relationship is a rebound.

THEORY 2: The Narcissist Rebound Relationship Doesn’t Exist

Narcissist New Supply

It could also be said that no relationship with a narcissist is a rebound because they are missing the vital piece that allows them to get emotionally attached. Meaning that they never need to genuinely grieve from a relationship in the same way that an emotionally adept person does.

You see, without their True Self playing any role in their existence, the narcissist is now left with pure ego running the show.

For the ego to protect itself from the truth (that they are just as flawed as the rest of us), it created a False Self. Their False Self doesn’t have the ability to see themselves as both good and bad, so it has chosen superiority and entitlement as its false reality.

The problem is, the upkeep of their false reality requires constant validation from other people, affirming for them that their illusion is in fact ‘real.’ Without this consistent stream of approval, their whole false illusion and the survival of their ego would completely crumble.

They would be stripped back to being the scared little child, which is truly what lies deep within the narcissist. However, they absolutely refuse to accept that part of themselves, which is why they discarded it long ago.

You can see the precarious existence that the narcissist constantly lives in.

They need to be constantly feeding their false illusion, just to make sure that it’s ever-present and always ‘real’ for them.

The narcissist needs people around them to continuously say, “Yes, you’re absolutely right!” no matter how absurd and ridiculous the words coming out of their mouth are.

The single most important thing that the narcissist requires from others, for the feeding of their false reality, is attention. Good or bad attention, it really doesn’t matter. It’s through this attention that the narcissist can feel extremely superior and significant, which feeds their illusion of grandiosity.

When the narcissist cut off their True Self and left their ego to dictate their world, they effectively made themselves a drug addict. Life force energy (narcissistic supply) is now the drug they need to feed upon, in order to keep their psychological state of being intact.

A ‘relationship’ with a narcissist is actually more like a vampire disguising themselves as a regular human, so that they can drain you of your life force energy.

At the end of the day, a narcissist doesn’t go into a relationship for love, mutual respect and to build an emotional bond with someone else. They enter a relationship with only one goal in mind – to extract energy and resources from the other person.

This life force energy can come to them in many ways, but it always comes down to getting attention from their partner and other people, which feeds their False Self.

So, we could surmise that no relationship with a narcissist is a rebound because it is never truly a relationship in the first place. It’s only ever an energetic grab.

Narcissists are incapable of engaging in healthy relationships because they are conscienceless beings. They lack the resources to experience empathy, compassion, kindness and love.


For a narcissist, the relationship was only ever a tool to gain resources and energy for themselves. It was never a true relationship because it lacked the fundamental elements, such as love, emotional attachment, respect and teamwork.

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How Long Will a Narcissist Rebound Relationship Last?

Dating Relationship Narcissist

When pondering how long a narcissist rebound relationship will last, it’s really no different to looking at the expected length of any narc relationship. It depends entirely on what the new supply can provide for the narcissist (without them ever realising that that’s all they are to them).

A common misconception is that narcissists change their relationships as often as they change their underwear, however, that’s not always the case.

Grandiose narcissists can definitely get bored quickly and want to switch out their supply regularly to keep their lives extravagant and exciting. They’ll love bomb with fancy dinners, flowers, over-the-top dates and other great shows of luxury – all designed to reiterate how amazing they are.

However, covert narcissists are much less confident in their ability to get such a steady stream of supply. The covert variety prefers to hook their supply in and hang onto them forever.

Their love bombing looks entirely different to the grandiose kind. You can expect a covert narcissist to love bomb with (false) compassion and empathy, sharing their vulnerabilities (i.e. playing the poor victim) and fake modesty. You’d never even know that you’re canoodling with a narcissist… until it’s too late and they’ve already implemented a trauma bond.

READ: 7 Trauma Bonding Stages

Ultimately, the narcissist rebound relationship will last as long as the narc is getting supply from the new person. Or, until the new person gets a glimpse of who they really are behind the mask and they choose to walk away.

There are loads of ways narcissists can extract supply from their new partner. Remember, it all comes down to attention, which makes them feel extremely important and above all others.

Here’s how narcissists gain supply:

  • Admiration and compliments
  • Arguments and creating drama
  • Fame and infamy
  • Being in complete control
  • Sex
  • Having the ‘perfect’ image (partner/ house/ job etc.)
  • Appearing successful
  • Financial security (even if it’s fabricated)
  • Acquiring material items
READ: More on Narcissistic Supply

If the new supply can provide any of the above things for the narcissist, they’ll want to keep them on the hook. In fact, the narcissist may have multiple people (sources of supply) on the go all at once, just to make sure they’ve got a good abundance of their drug.

An interesting anomaly that I’ve witness is where narcissists tend to go for younger people as they themselves get older. I believe this is because younger partners are less worldly, less in tune with themselves and therefore more likely to fall prey to the narcissist’s manipulations.

I can attest to this myself as I was just twenty when my covert narcissist ex hooked me in. On the back of being raised by a narcissistic mother, unfortunately the behaviour was so normal for me, I put up with a heartbreaking amount of devaluing and abuse.

Now, twenty years on, that same covert narcissist is having a much harder time ensnaring his next ‘forever’ source of supply as I believe women are much more clued on by their forties.

A narcissist rebound relationship will last either:

  1. As long as the narcissist is receiving valuable narcissistic supply, OR…
  2. Until the new supply sees through the narcissist’s false charade

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Will the Narcissist Treat the New Person Better than Me?

Although social media may boast that the narcissist is treating their new person better than they ever treated you, I can tell you that it’s completely bogus!

What the narcissist is actually aiming to achieve, by flaunting their new supply publicly, is twofold.

  1. They need validation from the outside world that they are so amazing and successful to have found ‘happiness’ so quickly.
  2. Your emotional reactions caused from the pain of seeing them move on so quickly, grants them an incredible amount of narcissistic supply. Even if you never see the narcissist, on a psychic level, any attention you give them, feeds them more life force energy. And if they do have the pleasure of seeing you in pain, their god-like image of themselves will feel all the more superior and special, given that they are able to cause you so much anguish.

The narcissist thinks, “Man, I must be so incredibly powerful to get such a huge reaction out of my ex. That’s how significant and superior I am.”

However, once it’s all said and done, the narcissist is still a narcissist. They can put on a good show (as we well know), but a wolf can never be a sheep. If anything, the narcissist has actually learnt how to lie better and manipulate harder with the next person.

Narcissists typically get worse with age because as their looks, money, resources and false charm fade, their ability to swindle new supply also dwindles.

Then you’re left staring at who they truly are underneath it all. A dark, resentful, seething and angry person who utterly despises themselves and everyone around them.

Count yourself lucky for escaping the narcissist and having the chance to heal and grow into who you were always meant to be during this Earth journey!

READ: Do They Treat New Supply Better?
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