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Waking Up to Narcissistic Abuse: ‘Our Parents Are the Last People We Can Trust’

Published on HuffPost, 10/20/17, 1:42 a.m. ET. Those of us exposed to trauma know all too well the experience of distressing nightmares. We may thrash around in bed and struggle to speak or cry out. When we finally reach consciousness,…

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The Narcissist’s ‘Fun House’ of Mirrors and Projection

Life with a narcissist is a lot like living in a house of mirrors. Unreal reflections and projections meet you at every turn. At first you may feel dazzled, seduced by what the narcissist is showing you about yourself and…

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Big Sissies: How and Why Narcissists Get Worse with Age

Aging is hard. For so many of us, losing our vitality and facing our mortality is a scary, painful grind. But we discover upsides, like knowing stuff, slowing down to listen, seeing our kids and grandkids thrive and helping them…

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Narcissism 101: A Glossary of Terms for Understanding the Madness

Terminology relating to narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) has been developed by psychologists and therapists over decades of research as well as by survivors of the narcissist personality seeking a vocabulary to understand and talk about their experience. This…

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How to Tell the Difference Between Your Average Jerk and a Narcissist

Whether on the playground, in the workplace, or on the home front, we all have experience with jerks: self-serving, insensitive, even abusive people we’re better off without. Whether they’re self-righteous bigots, snarky critics, or cynical naysayers, they burden our lives…

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The Narcissist as Naked Emperor: Who Will Call Out the Truth?

Back in the day my daughter and I loved The Emperor’s New Clothes, and I read it to her innumerable times, with knowing amusement shared between us. The Hans Christian Andersen tale, dating back nearly 200 years to 1837, has…

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Your Brain Under the Influence of Narcissist Parents

Children of narcissist parents, particularly those targeted as scapegoats, experience brain alterations in response to a relentlessly stressful, changing, and unsafe environment. Lacking empathy and constantly needing to bolster their unstable self-esteem at the expense of others, particularly their families,…

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Dude, Here’s Why You’re Reading This Article About Narcissism

So, yeah, I know too well why you’re reading this right now. Whether or not you like being called “Dude,” you’re here looking for answers, understanding, insight, validation for the crazy hellfire you’ve lived through with narcissism. Maybe you’re still…

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How and Why Narcissists Are Highly Skilled Abusers

Published on HuffPost July 23, 2017, at 1:46 p.m. ET. You don’t have to have narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) to be abusive. Your average jerk, sadist, or sociopath/psychopath can wreak staggering damage. And yet there is nothing quite like the insidious…

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Why So Many of Us Are Talking About Narcissism

Over a hundred years since Freud published his seminal 1914 essay “On Narcissism,” public discourse about narcissism seems to have reached an all-time high, crashing across our mass consciousness like a tsunami. The Rising Cacophony of Narc Talk Thanks to the…

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