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 discount or minimize the storm mockingly comment on the over-response of others.

There is a great divide between survivors of previous...

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 of the destruction. The same is true for a relationship with a narcissist. Here are six other similarities.

Their reputation...

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 – which, in many ways, made her feel like she was above following the rules.

Then one day, when a parent accused...

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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 record portrayed. Rather Megan was aggressive towards him - throwing things, hitting him, and physically blocking his only exit.  In...


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 that by marrying her things would get better and her fears would subside.

They did not. Instead, they got worse. To...

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 reconcile ‘losing her’ in one way or another in order to save myself. She lives with me. How can I...


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 figured out.

When the woman entered the room, everyone couldn’t help but stare. She was immaculately and fashionably dressed, with her...

Children & Teens

Back to School Success Tip: Teach Your Kids Emotional Regulation

Sammy came home from the first week of 5th grade with a large project. His teacher asked the kids to do a presentation on which college they wanted to attend. They were asked to include their major, the reason for picking the school, the requirements for attending, the cost, and any other details that made the school unique. The whole assignment stressed Sammy out and he began to cry when he got home.

His mom was...


How Narcissistic Bosses Turn You into Their Scapegoat

“Get out of my office now,” yelled Mike’s boss as a small paperweight was flung in his direction, hitting the wall next to where Mike was standing. “You’re an incompetent idiot,” was his boss’s parting remark. Mike was shaking from the whole event and not even sure what set his boss off. The unpredictability of his employer’s moods was overwhelming.

Yes, Mike had delivered some bad news. A new client had just recently been dissatisfied and...

Coping Skills

Why It Pays to Fully Heal from Childhood Trauma

Janet reflected on the events of the past several days and instead of being embarrassed by her behavior, she was proud. She had purchased a new computer from a large retailer based on the specs and appearance. But when she began to use it, she discovered the store had done a bait and switch. They told her one thing about the product and sold her something completely different. After doing several rounds with their customer...

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