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When certain, negative beliefs are ascribed by a narcissistic parent, a child’s psyche suffers. This realization requires self-awareness in adulthood in order to create change. Read “You Can’t Heal the Narcissist but You Can Heal Your Life” featured on Psychology Today here

“If you don’t disengage, you remain in the insanity and you prolong the anxiety of letting go…What you hold for the narcissist harms you and creates anxiety. Give it back.” Adapted from When Your Parent Is a Narcissist  In an article from the New York Times titled “How To Harness Your Anxiety” Dr. Alicia H. Clark [...]

“As the child discovers their separateness from their parent, the parent is there to support their child’s self-discovery by being a constant, stable force in the child’s world. This connection forms the foundation… to the child’s eventual independence…The parent understands that the days of parent-child referencing are over, and that they and the child are [...]

“A narcissistic parent manipulates, projects, attacks, and makes nice to their child—to keep the focus on the narcissist. Their parenting style can fluctuate from authoritarian to best friend. They are always seeking to meet their own needs. This does not reflect on or have anything to do with what the child needs.” Adapted from When Your Parent Is [...]

“When your parent is a narcissist, the echo that calls back from within is one of emptiness, loss, and longing…it informs our capacity to be in relationships. Prolonged exposure to the narcissistic parent before verbal skills develop means synthesis of the destructive dynamic…” Adapted from When Your Parent Is a Narcissist

“I’m growing more interested in the subtle cues. I’m beginning to understand that this is my intuition, which I can also think of as my heart and mind working in union. The more I practice paying attention, the stronger my ability to follow my intuition becomes. I listen to the spaces between words.” Adapted from Surviving [...]

“Being nothing is the core fear of the narcissist. They know they are deficient, so they react in desperation. They need another person to prove to themselves they exist. You are that person, whether they are elevating you or knocking you down. They only exist if the light is shining on them.” Adapted from Narcissism: Surviving [...]

Oxford Dictionary has chosen “toxic” as the “Word of the Year” for 2018. In a video on Twitter, Oxford states: “…this year more than ever, people have been using ‘toxic’ to describe a vast array of things, situations, concerns and events.” The video explains how the word is used as a metaphor to describe situations [...]

In a blog post on PsychologyToday.com, Melissa Burkley Ph.D. explains the  differences between the narcissistic traits between democrats and republicans via maladaptive facets of narcissism including entitlement and exhibitionism. Burke cites a study conducted before the 2016 election: “…When it came to entitlement, those who were high in this facet of narcissism were much more [...]

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