Narcissistic Parents and Independence

“The issue of independence gains complexity with a narcissist parent because the personality matrix is built on a massive internal wound. Denial of this wound has further thwarted, contorted, and warped the narcissist’s growth. The goal is always the same: to not see or acknowledge its existence. Therefore a real attachment with the child remains in question. This is a sad fact for their child but an important one because it helps explain why the notion of their launch and independence is so threatening.”

Adapted from When Your Parent Is a Narcissist

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