“Narcissist.” It’s a loaded word, tossed back and forth between estranged adult children and their parents.
Adult children cite parental narcissism as the reason for necessary cut-off.
Rejected parents wonder if narcissism is keeping their child from caring about the wounds they’re inflicting.
This latter assumption is the one I addressed this week in a post on PsychologyToday.com.
Believe me, you don’t want it to be true that your child is a narcissist. Apart from the fact that such a diagnosis would call your own parenting into question (narcissists are thought to be made, not born), narcissists can’t give much to other people.
If your child is truly a narcissist, you probably won’t enjoy a fulfilling relationship with him or her. Ever.
Let’s hope there’s another, remediable, cause for your child’s apparent lack of empathy toward you.
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