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Adult Children of Narcissists

Adult Children of Narcissists (ACON’s) sometime fear that narcissism breeds narcissism. While this may hold true in a minority of cases, it is not always what happens, especially when a child grows to realize that the family he or she was brought up in is not the norm. You may realize and that your childhood experiences are not something you […]

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Maternal Narcissism

Maternal narcissism results in you, as a child, growing up with a woman who is a mother in name only. When my coaching and psychotherapy clients see the pattern of narcissism in how they were “parented” they say something similar to the recent comment on our blog, “Until today I always thought it was something […]

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Hero Child Narcissism and Narcissistic Mother

A narcissistic mother encourages hero child narcissism when it’s to her benefit. From a narcissistic parent’s point of view, the golden or hero child’s purpose is to keep the family intact and make everything look good on the outside. It’s his or her job to bring esteem and pride to the narcissistic parent. They often […]

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Narcissistic Mother-in-Law

What if you realize you have a narcissistic mother-in-law? For your spouse, the child of the narcissist, dealing with the parental narcissist can be more taxing and harder than dealing with anyone else. But what happens when you marry into having a narcissistic relative? How are you supposed to deal with a narcissistic mother-in-law? You’re […]

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Narcissistic Single Mother and Only Child

The narcissistic single mother and only child dynamic often accelerates the cycle of narcissistic abuse, enmeshment and neglect. For this child, the stereotype that “only children” are spoiled and overindulged is an added confusion to one who’s experienced the painful chaos of a narcissistic mother. Whether or not a child acts chronically spoiled of course, […]

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