Do you ever feel:
- Emotionally disconnected?
- Not understanding why you're unhappy?
- Unable to relate comfortably with your own family?
- Like you need to prepare yourself before speaking to your parents, to put the “real you” on a shelf?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you may have had a parent with narcissism. And you may be living with narcissistic injury today.
Narcissism is not a “yes/no” diagnosis. It’s a way of being. It’s a tendency to NOT see others in their own right. And, as a parent, it’s a tendency to only give what you want to give, and not “see” what the child needs.
As much as a parent acts narcissistically, that’s how much narcissistic injury will show up in the adult life of that child.