Did you grow up with a narcissistic parent? Both my mother and father were and, unfortunately, I was the brunt of their angry and selfish behaviors. Narcissists have an inordinate fascination with themselves. They would rather risk the loss of true relationships than reveal a chink in their fragile egos.

To successfully negotiate conflicts within a relationship is healthy but almost impossible when living with a person who already has all the answers. This behavior too often crosses over into becoming cruel and abusive.

Described below is a contrast between narcissistic and secure parents.1

Narcissistic Parents

Secure Parents

 


1 “Children of the Self Absorbed: A Grownup’s Guide to Getting Over Narcissistic Parents,” Nina Brown, Oakland, CA 2001, New Harbinger Publications