Opinion: My Narcissistic Father Claimed it Was My Job to Take Care of Him
Children of narcissistic parents spend their whole lives groomed for exploitation. Narcissistic parents care only about their wants and needs. They have no regard for the wants and needs of their children or anyone else.
Opinion: My Narcissistic Father Used His Religious Beliefs to Control Me
Choosing a religion is one of the most personal choices an individual can make. Unfortunately, American society seems to be evolving into a place where more and more people impose their religious beliefs on others.
Opinion: Narcissistic Parents Can't See Beyond Their Personal Experience
My narcissistic father couldn’t understand anything that didn’t happen directly to him. This made it very difficult to explain anything to him. For example, if he was fifteen minutes late to a meeting with you, he’d become offended if you got angry. “Relax,” he said. “It’s only fifteen minutes, why are you making such a big deal of it?”
Opinion: Love Languages Misunderstood By Narcissists
As far as I’m aware,a romantic relationship doesn’t begin withabuse, the silent treatment, and neglect.Who wouldstayand tolerate that kind of behavior with someone that you’ve just met?If you aren’t emotionally invested it’s easy to leave without a second thought.
Opinion: Don't Let Trauma From A Narcissist Ruin Your Life
I started therapy about a year after dating the narcissist for the first time in my life. Although things appeared perfect on the surface of my life, it didn’t matter. I had an amazing support system, a healthy relationship, and I was still falling apart. In fact, I was acting out on my new partner and projecting things on him that were based on the trauma from my past. I was drinking more than I should have been, which led to me saying things to him that were extremely hurtful and not true. I realized I was getting worse emotionally, not better, and it was time to do something before I continued to spiral out of control.
Challenges in Handling Narcissistic Abuse
Abuse is about having power over someone. Abusers and narcissists typically want to feel superior and to control and dominate. The facts get in the way. When you react or argue, you're giving away your power. They provoke and use verbal abuse and/or violence to accomplish this. They're only interested in winning; thus abusers deny any responsibility and shift blame you. Their motive is to lift their self-esteem.
The Truth About How Common Narcissism Really Is
Understanding how common narcissism truly is. With the word 'narcissist' becoming more popular, it’s essential to understand what narcissism is and hope common it actually is. Narcissism is a set pattern of behavior laced with grandiosity, arrogance, low self-esteem, and an overinflated ego.
Opinion: Are You Dating Someone Without Empathy?
EDD (Empathy Deficit Disorder) can exist solely on its own because a person simply does not feel or possess empathy. However, it is very commonly associated with narcissists because they possess similar traits.
Opinion: The Initial Love-bombing From a Narcissist And The Aftermath That Follows
Iwas told by the narcissist that he had been looking for me his whole life. I felt like my heart exploded.I had finally found what I had been looking for.All of the failed relationships and pain led tothis.
Narcissists Manipulate Victims By Utilizing "Future Faking"
If I were to outline the most manipulative things that the narcissist did, it wouldn’t have been the apparent charm or the violent behavior/rage that would transpire when he didn’t get his way.
Opinion: Gabby Petito's Case Showcased Worst Possible Outcome Of Narcissistic Abuse
It was heartbreaking to watch the Gabby Petito case play out in real time and see footage released following her death. Those of us who were/are also victims of domestic violence watched the videos of her sobbing, and it was a scene that was all too familiar.
Set Boundaries To Prevent Relationship Manipulation
First, it was the boyfriend that constantly played the victim role. Then it was the one who claimed that it was love at first sight and love-bombed me blind. Later on, I encountered gaslighting and constant invalidation, although I didn't know their exact terms.
The Narcissist Will Discard Victims as Part Of Devaluation Cycle
A break-up with a narcissist usually involves the victim being discarded because they no longer have enough value and life to take away in the narcissist's eyes. I recently talked to a survivor of narcissistic abuse, who told me that she felt extremely frustrated that she hadn’t been the one to cut things off first and felt incredibly embarrassed that she had been dumped by someone who had mistreated her.
Compatibility Important For Long-Term Relationships
A good friend of mine, Jana, is currently struggling in her relationship. Jana and her partner are constantly bickering, finding fault in each other, and seem to bring out the worst in each other.
Dating Feels Boring After Narcissistic Whirlwind
There is a thrill that comes with toxic relationships. The constant unknowns, the ups and downs, and displays of rage disguised as “passion” can actually be extremely addictive.
Gaslighting Results In Damaging Trauma
If you have identified that your relationship contains gaslighting, you are experiencing one, if not the most damaging form of psychological manipulation. After leaving several relationships with gaslighting involved I didn’t understand why I was experiencing so many traumatic moments even though I had walked away from my abusers.
The Profile and Tactics of a Narcissistic Parent
A narcissistic parent behaves as they imagine themselves to be—the king or queen of the family, or someone whose activities are more important than being part of the family. As a child, your parents are your world until you’re able to leave home. Your survival and self-concept depend on them. A narcissistic parent can severely damage your self-esteem, which to develop requires love and acceptance from both parents. Children of narcissistic parents typically grow up insecure and codependent.