Category Archives: The Narcissist Family Files


The Dangerous Nihilism of President Narcissist and His “PostTruth” America

Published on The Huffington Post 01/02/2017 at 5:13 pm ET Trump’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder Psychologists have publicly diagnosed Donald Trump’s narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). But you don’t need a degree to recognize it: the vicious lack […]

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Caretaking My Narcissistic Mother Through Cancer

Published on The Huffington Post 12/28/2016, 7:03 p.m. ET “Oh god, I’ve become my mother!” How many times have we heard friends, family, or movie characters exclaim that tired yet often at least partly true cliché? […]

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Child of Narcissists Goes from ‘Death Dealer’ to Healer

Published on The Huffington Post June 6, 2016, 1:58 p.m. ET Charlotte was seven years old when she became in her words the “death dealer” on her family’s makeshift farm. At her mother’s insistence, the […]

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A Golden Child’s Story of Guilt in the Narcissistic Family

Published on The Huffington Post May 25, 2016, 3:54 p.m. ET This is the second of a two-part series about the role of the so-called “golden child” in the narcissistic family. (Read Part 1.) Those […]

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The Terrible Dilemma of the Golden Child in the Narcissistic Family

Published on The Huffington Post May 23, 2016, 10:53 a.m. ET If you are familiar with the narcissist family system you know there is typically a scapegoat and a golden child. The scapegoat is the cause […]

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Raised by Narcissists? Why You Can’t Afford the Wrong Therapist

Published on The Huffington Post April 25, 2016, 3:51 p.m. ET If you have the misfortune of having been raised by one or more narcissists, chances are you’ve heard classics like these: “You’re just too sensitive.” […]

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Tolstoy Was Wrong: Narcissistic Unhappy Families Are Kind of All Alike

Published on The Huffington Post April 20, 2016, 5:16 p.m. ET In Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy famously said that all happy families are alike but that each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. […]

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A Daughter’s Story of One Hell of a Narcissist Mother

Note: Names have been changed. Helen’s troubles with her mother started long before she could talk. As an infant she suffered an undetected neonatal stroke. Helen’s mother, Maurine, said she was a colicky baby who […]

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Why I Hate the Word ‘Narcissist’

published on The Huffington Post 01/03/2017 12:35 pm ET As an adult child of narcissist parents, I am vomitously sick of that word narcissist. 1. For starters, no one knows what it means. Is it your everyday […]

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