News & Reflections

A new study from the University of Liverpool featured in BMC Psychiatry shows that having a companion animal can be tremendously helpful for those with mental health struggles. From instilling a sense of purpose to encouraging physical activity and social connectedness, pets offer numerous benefits. Lead researcher Dr. Helen Louise Brooks determines: “Pets could contribute to a [...]

Focusing on your narcissistic parent might be like a default setting in your brain—you always return to the same place. This is how you’ve been trained by the narcissistic parent to elevate them. By elevating and asking for them to absolve you, for example, you’ve essentially given your power to them. The healthier, nontoxic way of [...]

In December 2017, The New Yorker published a short story titled “Cat Person” by Kristen Roupenian. Highlighting gender expectations, dynamics and the intersection of consent and appropriate behavior, Roupenian explores a brief relationship between Margot, a college student and the older man starts dating, Robert. As her interactions with Robert begins to turn, Margot feels [...]

Famous and wealthy men often get a “pass” when it comes to narcissistic behavior, harassment, and abuse. The personal misdeeds of performers, directors, and Hollywood executives are often overshadowed by their successful careers. In an article from The New York Times, Amanda Hess explains that we can longer separate the art from the artist. Hess [...]

Narcissism is a topic that is both seductive and perplexing. Now, author Steve Almond writes on Cognoscenti about the topic in regards to writing, and it’s instructive and wise on many levels. Among other things he discusses how to write, when to hold judgment on what others write, who “decides” (and who shouldn’t be deciding) who lives [...]

“…I realize how much I want the narcissist to know the truth, my truth. When I think about narcissism, I think about abstinence in the same way those in addiction recovery think about it. I choose, one encounter at a time, to not participate in the dynamic. I trust myself now to know, to sense, [...]

Perhaps one of the more challenging things we want to do is to cultivate compassion for the narcissist. Substituting the word acceptance for compassion can be of great help as we grow accustomed to the concept. Be willing to try this. The beauty of compassion and acceptance is this: it neutralizes the attachment you feel [...]

“The only time the narcissist parent does see the child’s value is when the child is working to “create” the parent. In other words, to give the parent an identity that is pleasing to the parent. But what is deemed pleasing to the narcissist parent is constantly shape-shifting, because the external world is forever in [...]

In an article featured on Business Insider, Shana Lebowitz asserts that while displays of narcissism can be varied, there are five hallmark traits typically seen in true narcissists, such as a lack of empathy. “…the No. 1 sign of narcissism is an absence of interest in other people and an inability to feel for them. [...]

Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT uses the Greek myth of Narcissus and Echo to illustrate the difficulties of a narcissistic relationship. In the blog post featured on Psychology Today titled “The Heartbreak of Relationships With Narcissists” Lancer writes: “Narcissus and Echo were tragic Greek characters in a story told by the Roman poet, Ovid, in Metamorphoses. This poignant myth [...]

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