News & Reflections

“Despite a wealth of charisma almost too good to be true, the narcissist is riddled with neediness, loneliness, fear and rage. These feelings, which have festered and mutated (by virtue of being ignored) are terribly frightening and, thus, must be pushed away more and more.” Adapted from Narcissism: Surviving the Self-Involved   

In an article from the Berkeley Haas Newsroom, Michael Blanding discusses Professor Jennifer Chatman’s paper published in The Leadership Quarterly. The paper examines narcissistic CEOs in the workplace. In particular, Chatman and colleagues determined that narcissistic CEOs are more likely to involve their companies in lawsuits. Blanding writes: “…Chatman and her colleagues’ research joins a [...]

If you are the child of a narcissist, it can be difficult to know where you stand. From being in denial to feeling inferior, having a narcissistic parent creates a lasting impact. Read “Adored, Reviled, and Forgotten by the Narcissist” on Psychology Today  here

“The more I accept exactly what the situation is…the better off I am. Reality is in the present, not the past. I notice, more and more, there is a certain kind of mourning that goes with letting go of the illusion and seeing that the relationship is not what I thought it was going to [...]

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 [...]

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