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The Narcissist in Your Life Podcast is hosted by Linda Martinez-Lewi, Ph.D., clinical expert on the narcissistic personality, psychotherapist and author. I offer in-depth analysis, strategies and practices for those psychologically and emotionally harmed and abused by toxic, predatory narcissistic personalities through my books: Recovering and Healing After the Narcissist and Freeing Yourself from the Narcissist in Your Life, international telephone consultations and global podcasts. I put the emphasis on helping individuals to access the calming, restorative parts of the parasympathetic body/mind systems that lead to healing, recovery, personal transformation and the evolution of your true, authentic self and your unique creative gifts.

Dec 18, 2021

Today we are surrounded by narcissistic personalities, including narcissistic families. These highly dysfunctional individuals are driven by their egos rather than conscience or empathy. Members of narcissistic families are exceedingly greedy: they worship money and possessions, their glowing external image over character and integrity. 

They are grabby for power, attention, pleasure, praise, control of others, dark manipulations and deceptions as essential tools for reaching their goals. Within these families are nasty rivalries: for example, Golden Boy narcissist(s) purposely victimize empathic siblings. Empaths are trapped in these families from hell. These are the forgotten children who are victims of ego fueled projections and acting out behaviors.

In narcissistic families there are no boundaries. The more aggressive narcissistic brothers and sisters constantly intimidate their more sensitive siblings. In some cases where there are narcissistic parents, they side with their golden children against the empaths and invisible siblings, leaving them unsupported, adrift and alienated from the family.

Narcissistic family members, parents and children demand instant gratification of their extravagant wishes and purported needs. These individuals have no frustration tolerance. Narcissistic children in these psychopathological families have learned to use intimidation as a control mechanism to get whatever they want. Members of the narcissistic family are incapable of deep feelings, especially warmth, empathy, guilt, emotional attachment. 

Narcissistic children and their narcissistic parent cannot form and maintain genuine relationships that are psychologically grounded and authentic. 

There is an extraordinary lack of introspection in the narcissistic personality. Narcissists in these families are boorish, demanding and deceitful. Narcissistic parents and their narcissistic children are restless, thoughtless, highly selfish and completely self absorbed.

Some children from narcissistic families rescue themselves from the extreme psychopathology of their narcissistic home. Through their imaginations, creating art, Nature, visiting friends and spending time with healthy families --these are among the ways that children in these families from hell get through these complex and very difficult and harsh narcissistic families.

I give you so much credit for your courage and perseverance and independence and fortitude as your separated out of these highly dysfunctional narcissistic families. 

You are remarkable as an individual, a person of great integrity and fortitude.