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Coping Skills

How To Heal From a Narcissistic Parent

The moment Brian first really understood the term Narcissistic Personality Disorder, a light bulb went off in his brain. He spent most of his life thinking he was crazy, lazy, and stupid – three words his father often said about him to other family members and friends. His father also severely and harshly discipled him,...

Abuse

Coping With the Rejection Of a Child

One of the hardest things to experience is the betrayal wound that occurs when your own child grows up to hate you.  I have seen this numerous times in my life, to the point that I am compelled to write about it.Parents who have been rejected by one or more of their children experience a...

Business Mindset for Therapists

How a Therapist Changed Austin Coworking

Getting a graduate degree in Psychology can leave a lot of therapists feeling like they have limited options for how to use their psychology degree. But, when you are passionate about humans, the way they relate, and how to help them live great lives, there are actually limitless options for how you can take that vision...

American Psychiatric Association

Goldwater Rule is Re-visited

In 1964, presidential candidate Barry Goldwater issued some alarming “extremist” statements, drawing criticism from the general public and some mental health professionals.The uproar prompted FACT magazine to survey 12,356 psychiatrists regarding Goldwater’s...

Coping Skills

Are You Suffering from Pre-Hurricane Stress (PHS)?

As Hurricane Florence heads for the shore with shifting center winds of 130-145 miles per hour, anxiety in residents builds with every changing forecast.The topic of conversation at check-out isles in grocery stores is which storm have you lived through. Those who have survived many previous storms have already completed their shopping. While others who...

Coping Skills

The 6 Ways Narcissists Resemble Hurricanes

The dreaded anticipation, presence, and aftermath of a hurricane is devastating to communities, families, and states. But so is a narcissist. Viewing the storm from a distance, you can see it’s massiveness, intensity, and potential destructibility. However, while in the middle of the storm, it is hard to know when you have experienced the worst...

Coping Skills

The Sociopathic Art of Deception

As a science teacher in a public high school, Amanda was well liked by her students. Not only was she young, beautiful, and a good communicator, but she also had a way of interacting with the students that was a bit different yet very effective. Everyone loved her - teachers, administrators, students, and parents –...

Abuse

Narcissism Explained: Jungian Theory

Warning:  This is not light reading!IntroductionHere’s an interesting approach to defining and describing narcissism using Jungian theory as a basis. This theory involves a spiritual component to personality disorders, a concept that is vastly underrepresented in Western society.Carl Jung, a 20th century Swiss psychologist, had this to say about the...

Coping Skills

The Dysfunctional Bond Between Narcissists and Co-Dependents

Megan and Ryan decided to go to marriage counseling after their last fight resulted in the police being called. After being married for 7 years, the marriage was falling apart, and Ryan now had a police record for domestic violence as a result.The conflict did not start with Ryan hitting his wife, as the arrest...

General

How Paranoid Is Your Spouse?

Looking back over their 15-year marriage, Andrew began to see the early signs of paranoia in his wife not long after they met. She was overly fearful of new environments, believed her boss was secretly out to get her, and constantly worried that he wasn’t being loyal to her. But he loved her and thought...

Coping Skills

10 Strategies for Coping with an Adult Narcissistic Child

“My daughter who is 18 fits most of these (narcissistic) examples. For the last year, after her second suicide attempt, I have probably been way too lenient on her because of my fear of losing her. I truly feel at my wits end with her unfair accusations and manipulative behavior and have now had to...

Abuse

Let Go of That Toxic Relationship and Move On!

If you are in a toxic relationship and find yourself longing to be free from the negativity it causes in your life,  yet you stand at the precipice, waiting, too afraid to take the leap off the metaphorical cliff, then read on, there is hope. Letting Go: While letting go of anything can be very...

General

Healing from Divorce

Divorce is one of the most difficult experiences a person can have. No one ever enters a divorce with joy and glee. Prior to the decision to divorce someone there has been a lot of hurt. The course of events looks something like this: Falling in Love - Dream of a happy...

Exhaustion

Addiction: Narcissistic Style

Andrea attended her first group therapy session at an inpatient female rehab facility. She expected there to be other strung out, burnt out woman like herself who were stressed from the conflicting demands of home and work life. But what she didn’t expect was a perfectly put together woman who seemed to have everything perfectly...

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