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Sanctuary for the Abused: Narcissists & Psychopaths Cause PTSD for their Victims


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There isn't one thing on this itemed list that I did not experience myself.  The article gives a great description of what PTSD might look like when living within a narcissistic relationship.  The process by which discovery is lead through disbelief towards pure anger.  Excellent article to help explain different aspects of what other's may find unbelievable. 

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"Naivety is the great enemy. The target is bewildered, confused, frightened, angry - and after enlightenment, very angry."


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Therapist: Selfies 'not simple narcissism' - El Estándar

Therapist: Selfies 'not simple narcissism' - El Estándar | Narcissistic Personality Disorder | Scoop.it
Therapist: Selfies 'not simple narcissism'
El Estándar
"There's so much psychology that goes into selfies -- it's not simple narcissism," says Mark S.
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Finally!!! A comprehensive and fun exploration that gives more depth to the selfie rather than simply putting them in the box of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.  The selfie can just be an expression of individuality and a way of communicating rather than a self focused lack of empathy  way of expression.   I loved this article for it's simplicity. 

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Do Narcissists Get Worse With Age? | The Narcissistic Life

Do Narcissists Get Worse With Age? | The Narcissistic Life | Narcissistic Personality Disorder | Scoop.it
In order to “get better” the narcissist would have to confess that his behavior and treatment of others was wrong or inappropriate. The narcissist would also need to admit that they need to change into a more compassionate ...
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Awesome article describing how the frailty of age can effect a person suffering from NPD.  It completely makes sense that as their bodies begin to fail them, their covered grandioseness begins to crumble, and they begin to lose control, it's their natural pattern for the anger to increase.  If there is no empathy for others, there is no empathy for yourself.  In the NPD mind, it is unacceptable to be old and less grandiose than what you know you are.  It's better to blame and explode in anger at others than to ever admit becoming frail. 

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Life as a Nonviolent Psychopath - The Atlantic

Life as a Nonviolent Psychopath - The Atlantic | Narcissistic Personality Disorder | Scoop.it
Life as a Nonviolent Psychopath
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Neuroscientist James Fallon discovered through his work that he has the brain of a psychopath, and subsequently learned a lot about the role of genes in personality and how his brain affects his life.
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Fascinating article that involves the play of epigenetics in relationship to the enhancement and development of psychopathology.  James Fallon is straight forward in his acknowledgment that we just don't for sure as to what the underlying causes are specifically.  He does however, believe that we need to be aware of certain critical periods of development and the impact one's environment has on the types of genetical expression.  If we are able to identify individuals who  are  genetically susceptible to psychopathology, we may be able to reduce the expression of this through environmentally controlling the amount of exposure to negatives such as bullying or aggression.   Definitely worth the read!

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What is Co-Narcissism?

What is Co-Narcissism? | Narcissistic Personality Disorder | Scoop.it
If you're having an, "oh great, one more thing to worry about" response to the unfamiliar word "Co-Narcissism," you're not alone. I am not a proponent of inventing and loosely wielding new psycholo...
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This is the first article I've come across that looks at co-narcissism and somewhat details the role the other takes when living or working with a narcissist.  After reading so much about the narcissist, it's a breath of fresh air to read about the people who live with them. 

 

It's interesting that the psychotherapy that was preferred here was Roger's Person Centered.  The focus was to build the co-narcissists self esteem by pointing out what real assets they had vs. assumed negative assets they had developed having to accomodate a narcissistic partner or parent.  I would like to see more studies done on this as I think this may work to some level of damage, just not the years of heavily damaged.  Even still....it is a great article.  

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Narcissism and Narcissists (Full Documentary) - YouTube

Narcissism and Narcissists (Full Documentary) ... ... ... 2013


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This particular documentary takes you through different levels of the narcissistic behavioral traits and how most of us will have at least a few as it motivates us to move forward and achieve.  As seen in this documentary however, you need 5 out of the 9 total narcissistic personality traits to be diagnosed with NPD. 

 

It's a great introduction to what narcissism may look like, who may possess the most narcissistic traits and how these traits may be presented in the public.  Anything from corporate business people, supervisors, religious leaders on down to murderers.  The responses and comments in regards to the documentary are also interesting as they express disbelief and thankfulness.  I think it's well worth the watch and read.

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Employee Narcissism At All-Time High « The Tim Sackett Project

Employee Narcissism At All-Time High « The Tim Sackett Project | Narcissistic Personality Disorder | Scoop.it
Do you feel that our fixation on employee feedback is perpetuating our narcissistic society? It's a question I thought of recently and I haven't been able to get it out of my head. On one hand, I truly believe we have a major issue ...
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I find this interesting at best because although there is some narcissistic tendency in the so called "selfie" and wanting to be recognized by others via social media, I think the employee feedback doesn't necessarily fall into the category of narcissitic.  I was a manager for many years and knew the growth of my employees was dependent on feedback both good and bad.  I believe a narcissist would choose to hear only the positive as that is what they truly believe however, in dismissing the negative and not learning, they may not continue to be employed. 

 

What I liked most about this article was that they take the social media aspect as a window of one's view of self importance.  Would be interesting to study this further and in depth. 

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The Place of "Cognitive Dissonance" in Narcissistic Victim Syndrome

The Place of "Cognitive Dissonance" in Narcissistic Victim Syndrome | Narcissistic Personality Disorder | Scoop.it

Victims of Narcissistic Victim Syndrome experience Cognitive Dissonance because of simultaneous conflicting ideas...."Do I stay or do I go?"


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Honestly, if there is any article that should be read on this page, it is this one.  This gives the most complete idea of what living with a narcissist may be like along with why people become attached to the narcissistic person.  Cognitive Dissonance is a safety feature that enables the abused person to live in an environment that is unpredictably hostile and sometimes violent.  It's our most basic need of survival.  Definitely a must read!

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BHK's curator insight, March 13, 2014 10:04 AM

"If therapists are to understand the behaviour of clients who have been victims of narcissistic abuse, then it is crucial for them to appreciate why the victim combines the two unhealthy conditions of Stockholm Syndrome and Cognitive Dissonance as part of their survival strategy. When these two strategies are in place, the victim firmly believes that their relationship is not only acceptable, but also vital for their survival."

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The Misanthropic Altruist and Compulsive Giver

The Misanthropic Altruist and Compulsive Giver | Narcissistic Personality Disorder | Scoop.it
Some narcissists are ostentatiously generous – they donate to charity, lavish gifts on their closest, abundantly provide for their nearest and dearest, and, in general, are open-handed and unstintingly benevolent. How can this be reconciled with the...
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Sam gives an interesting glimpse into what I can only term as the chaos that is raged not only within the narcissistic mind but with those who are directly effected by their behavior as well.  The twists and turns of logic within a behavior leaves others wondering if what they felt or saw was real.  As Sam explains in this article, the giving narcissist never gives without a motive behind the giving such as a contempt for the one he's giving to.  It's a great article that gives great insight into the world of the person suffering with NPD.

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How Do You Move On? - Huffington Post

How Do You Move On? - Huffington Post | Narcissistic Personality Disorder | Scoop.it
How Do You Move On?
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I, author of Chump Lady, interviewed Dr.
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After reading the book Web of Lies, My Life with a Narcissist by Sarah Tate, this article seemed to make much more sense.  It's easy to look from the outside and ask "why didn't you just walk away?" The turmoil and constant trauma alongside the promises and hopefulness create an environment similar to a spiders web.  Although I'm not completely convinced that CBT is the only way to go when treating victims, I liked the way he outlined the method and explained the process.  From someone who has experienced this trauma, the safety of knowing exactly what to expect would be a more than welcomed approach.

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Self-Esteem vs. Narcissism

Self-Esteem vs. Narcissism | Narcissistic Personality Disorder | Scoop.it
As a culture, we are highly concerned with self-esteem. Yet, we often fail to measure the many distinctions between self-esteem and vanity, or we fail to understand how our actions and reactions can serve to bolster one as opposed to the other.
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Out of all the recent articles I've read on narcissism, this one by far is the most interesting.  Dr. Solomon breaks down the differences between what is considered the necessary survival trait of self-esteem and destructive traits of narcissism.  Dr. Solomon briefly explains the possible parental underpinnings to both and why exactly it is a self-esteem, a cultural construct, is part of the group of traits such as anger, fear, etc, that enable our survival.  It is well worth the read. 

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» Is Narcissism an Essential Leadership Trait? - Psych Central News

» Is Narcissism an Essential Leadership Trait? - Psych Central News | Narcissistic Personality Disorder | Scoop.it
While most of us bemoan individuals with narcissistic personalities, a new study suggests that when it comes to leadership, a moderate amount of narcissism may (RT @PsychCentral: Is Narcissism an Essential Leadership Trait?
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This is a great article pointing out both the positives and negatives of narcissism.  According to Dr. Grijalva, a certain amount of narcissism is effective in the business world.  Although she explains that at some point narcissistic traits can actually undermine the business, but at what level is the question.  It will be good to get this valuable study out to the public as I think too often we are quick to judge and label narcissism in a bad light without taking thought to the positives that may lie in it.

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Narcissism Unleashed - Association for Psychological Science

Narcissism Unleashed - Association for Psychological Science | Narcissistic Personality Disorder | Scoop.it

In a sense, narcissism is the dark side of individualism — freedom without responsibility, relationships without personal sacrifice, and positive self-views without grounding in reality.

 

What comes next? How will narcissism further evolve? In order to maintain elevated self-views in a world with the standard economic and social pathways blocked, individuals will need to migrate into other social realms that are less constrained by reality. For example, individuals could move to online social realities where they can succeed (e.g., social networking, gaming, Reddit), fantasy or “geek” subcultures (e.g., science fiction, live action role-playing), or other alternatives. In essence, growing income inequality in the real world could lead a population of narcissists to feed their self-views in fantasy cultures.


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"In a sense, narcissism is the dark side of individualism — freedom without responsibility, relationships without personal sacrifice, and positive self-views without grounding in reality."  This particular sentence struck me.  We as a society, have been raised to believe in individualism and success to be determined by the quantity one has rather than the quality of one's life.  I never realized that narcissism was actually increasing in prevalence and to take it a step further I question what aspect epigentics may play in future generations.  I have often seen children, particularly in a school setting, that always receive positive feedback because we are afraid to upset them, upset their parents, rock the boat....etc.  Employees are the same way.  I wonder what ever happened to real?  I hear others value it beyond riches, but to see this article, it seems they are very far and few between. 

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