The time just before we fully recover is the trickiest time for us, because it's the time when we still feel the emotional pull, and it's the time when we need gentle but firm parenting from ourselves to bring us back to the reality of the situation.
I think every woman needs to learn to not need anyone and to always always be able to hold herself up alone. Nothing wrong with love of being with a man, just learn to keep your independence! Needing and wanting a man in your life is different.
Oh my gosh how many times I've heard these exact lines! Recovery from Emotionally Abusive Relationships Education about Narcissists, Sociopaths, and other Toxic People. Don't be a victim, don't just survive, Thrive