Children of Narcissists

Kari BrowningBlog, Healing

There is a difference between narcissistic behavior (which is displayed every now and then) and full-blown narcissism.

There are two kinds of narcissistic parents:

Parents who see their children as extensions of themselves. They become obsessively involved in the child’s life. They don’t respect boundaries and feel threatened when the child begins to individuate from them.


Parents who have very little interest in their children. They neglect to take care of their children or show an active interest in their lives.

Either of these two extremes are damaging.

If you’re the child of a narcissist, you will likely struggle with:

Codependency (Take care of others needs at the expense of your own)
Poor personal boundaries and the inability to say “no”
Chronic guilt 
Toxic shame (Feel unworthy of love and belonging)
Low self-esteem
Unmet Love Needs that Result in Addiction Issues
Trust issues
Inability to express or handle emotions (resulting in emotional numbness)
Anxiety or depression
Being a people-pleaser

You can recover and break the cycle! 😀