The Narcissistic Parent’s Stage of Identity

Similar to their young child, the narcissistic parent references their own self in conjunction with someone else. The difference between a narcissist and a developing child, however, is that the child will eventually master this stage of self-identity. People are resilient, and even with a parent who is a narcissist, they will grow and develop and learn to disengage from their narcissistic parent’s patterns.

Adapted from When Your Parent Is a Narcissist