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6 Things Narcissistic Parents Do

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By Seth Meyers, Psy.D.


A narcissistic parent is one who is motivated to raise children who will fit into a role prescribed for them by the parent. Think of the parent as an architect, drawing plans for what the house—in this case, the child—should look like. The narcissistic parent has set ideas from the start about how his or her child will dress and act, and what they will achieve. Narcissistic parents are extremely image conscious and have a strict need for their offspring to fit the image they have prescribed.

The narcissistic parent is motivated by the wish for their child to achieve a fixed type of success conceptualized by the parent alone. Narcissistic parents often did not achieve all their personal or career dreams, and so they look to their children to overcompensate for their own shortcomings and perform, perform, perform.

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Are All Narcissists Also Sadistic?

This post was originally published on this siteBy Seth Meyers, Psy.D. Narcissism is a broad term used to refer to a common personality trait and also to the clinical disorder known as Narcissistic Personality Disorder, a severe and pervasive personality style that underlies an individual’s entire approach to others and the world around him or… Continue Reading

How Are You Self-Destructive? 4 Obvious and 4 Hidden Ways

This post was originally published on this siteBy Seth Meyers, Psy.D. Many men and women don’t consider themselves to be self-destructive people, yet most men and women engage in self-destructive behaviors to varying degrees. Some of the ways people get destructive are obvious while others are more hidden. I will review obvious self-destructive behaviors first… Continue Reading

How to Handle an Awful Boss: Tricks to Avoid Engaging

This post was originally published on this siteBy Seth Meyers, Psy.D. A bad boss is bad due to one of two problems: personality issues or incompetence. Sadly, it’s the ones with personality issues that cause employees the greatest distress. To begin, I have tremendous empathy for anyone dealing with an awful boss. Few things are as frustrating and… Continue Reading

The 3 Least Helpful Things People Say to Parents

By Seth Meyers, Psy.D. Source: Iakov Filimonov/Shutterstock As if parents don’t already have enough to deal with in meeting their children’s endless needs, they face the additional frustration of having to listen to nonsense feedback from other parents. As a therapist and parent, I live it firsthand and also hear my clients complain about the… Continue Reading

The 3 Types of Parents Most Likely to Become Bitter

By Seth Meyers, Psy.D. Source: VGstockstudio/Shutterstock A new Pew Research Center survey of parents with children under 18 shows just how stressed many feel on a daily basis. Among all working parents with children under age 18, more than half (56%) report that it’s difficult for them to balance the responsibilities of their job with the responsibilities… Continue Reading