I push them out of my life. Who needs them!!!!
Such folks wouldn't share my company for long. Better friends abound.
I stopped caring. I don't care if I'm good enough or not. Having narcissistic parents teaches you that you will never be good enough. That's a hard blow when it comes from the people who are supposed to believe in you. I separated, took stock, and gave myself the validation I was craving. I realized that it wasn't that I wasn't good enough, but that their thinking was flawed. It is their issue not mine. Because it wasn't my issue, there was nothing to fix, so I adjusted my thought process. I can control how much of the BS that I'll allow myself to buy into.
Sadly, because I'll never win, never be good enough, never will be right, never have a real relationship, estrangement will be imminent. Now I'll have to deal with the taboo of being a daughter who is estranged from her mother. You wouldn't believe the negative bias that I get from that. If those would only understand that it's self preservation that pushes me to do something so very drastic. That despite them(my parents), I just love myself too much to be abused any longer.
Ironically, I have a group of friends who humiliate me and make fun of me every time I try to do something with my life or say something meaningful, I won't ever be good enough for them If I say or do anything worthy, they accept me only at my lowest, I'm trying to break things off..
I tend to laugh---it's hard not to. After all, they are usually wrong about most other things as well.
I'm sure we all know somebody like that. As Tom suggested they're often pretty laughable. I tend to ignore them.
I make no attempt to fit in where I'm not wanted. Life is too short, and I have plenty of wonderfully accepting friends.
I laugh at them. After all, The only person other than myself that I need to be "good enough" for is my husband. And he is my biggest cheerleader. (One of the reasons I married him! :-) ) Honestly those who think you aren't good enough are the ones who are unhappy with themselves and try to make themselves feel better by making you look worse. They are probably jealous that you actually aren't falling into the traps they have.
I place "Their" importance in its proper perspective.
In a work environment its tough if you are their subordinate, and mentally draining. It would behoove someone in that position to look for employment elsewhere.
In the normal walk of life, living up to someone else's expectations will NEVER be mentally healthy for anyone. Regardless of the station in your life . . . Mother Father, Wife, Husband, Brother, Sister, or friend . . . Live your life up to YOUR expectation. Find your peace there first.
I have some in my immediate family, unfortunately. (sister, her hub and daughter) FEW are good enough for them. I just keep disliking them, (but love) but have to tolerate their condescending ways, as I don't want to call them on those piggish ways. Care about their feelings, but shouldn't.
How about YOU, Yin?
I tend to look down on them, for they obviously don't meet my standards. :)