Posts tagged narcissistic abuse recovery
Living with Toxicity: Empathy and Its Absence

For many children, disempowering and falsely empowering parenting can lead to the development of shame and grandiosity respectively, both of which create an imbalance of empathy within the self and toward others. In many ways, we either become sponges for others' feelings or we develop a Teflon-like coating that prevents others' emotions from landing.

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Living with Toxicity: Lies & Trauma Bonding

At this point, in addition to the fact that each new crisis or diplomatic flash point serves to distract from the reality of his behavior, the president's obsession with shifting the conversation to the next shiny object has the effect of causing the American public to anticipate—in an almost Pavlovian fashion—his next idiocratic move. In a sick way, it is as if we need him. And we will put up with increasingly bizarre behaviors as long as he can do something that passes for normal every once in a while. Such is the tragic way that trauma bonding keeps victim and abuser tethered to one another.

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Living with Toxicity: The Person Behind the Mask

Trump: "I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful... I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything."

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Living with Toxicity: An Introduction

At least for this season of our political circus, the world has a front row seat to one way narcissism shows up in relationships. Never before has there been such unfettered access to a world that has largely existed behind the scenes and on the periphery, usually reserved for therapists' offices or personal journals.

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