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    I was raised by a narcissist and have been severely affected by the dysfunctional realtionship with my mother. I won't go into details - but I will say that this experience has left me with significant identity problems. I have a tendency to fall into codependent behaviour patterns as a result of having been 'controlled' most of my life by my mother. When I was a child there was not a lot I could do about this. However, as an adult I am still allowing her to do this to me because of codependency (or 'co-narcissism')

    I'm currently working on breaking free and rebuilding my life. This is an interesting article that really hit home for me:

    http://www.alanrappoport.com/pdf/Co-...%20Article.pdf
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  2. #12

    yes naturally, but in what way depends on the childs genes. if the child has inherited genes for narcissistic behavior, then the child will grow in the model which the parent provided. if the child havent inherited those genes, then he/she will probably grow in opposite direction or possibly start to imitate the parent in some particular things, but without developing full blown narcissistic personality disorder. naturally with any case, if the child doesent have other role models when growing up, he/she wont learn some things that other people learn when growing up
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  3. #13

    Quote Originally Posted by Master Mind View Post
    Absolutely.



    Negatively. I'll leave it at that.



    Yes, I have.



    Yes, it has. For myself, I adapted ways of dealing with it that enabled my survival to adulthood without scarring from emotional abuse, but those same adaptations turned out to be maladaptive outside of that situation, such as in relationships. I also learned how to stay a step ahead and out-manipulate the manipulator in order to avoid negative consequences. As a result, I am capable of being manipulative myself if I so desired (which I don't, as I generally adhere to the principle of non-maleficence), and I also have a radar for manipulation so that I am sensitive to attempts at manipulation. I also have trust issues.

    It also provided a model of what not to be, so that the man that I am now is the complete opposite of what I saw while I was growing up. Which is why I don't believe that one is doomed when one doesn't have a positive male role model, as I'm living proof that you're not. While there was certainly a possibility I could have become a less than upstanding citizen, I made a choice not to go down that path.
    Absolutely perfect. I actually thanked my mother one time for showing me how to raise kids, by showing me how exactly not to raise kids. I have a feeling my mother is narcissistic and/or borderline, and it is a cycle starting with at least her father. I'm just the whipping boy for her bullshit, but I've sworn to stop the cycle of abuse, one way, or another. It's funny how my sister didn't receive tons of displacement from her, none at all, in fact, and she has a completely normal life. Which includes manipulating, being totally unfaithful (probably comes back to the father relationship), being totally selfish etc.

    One time she actually told me she was going to "tell my grandparents I don't have time to spend with the family anymore" because I had just moved to a different city, and was working six nights a week and going to school all five weekdays. She knows that I know the grandparents are loaded, so in her inveterate need for as much attention as possible, she thinks she can blackmail me to do whatever she wants by hanging the fact that the grandparents may die soon, over her head. She doesn't have the ability to think that by actually being pleasant, instead of passive-aggressive and generally shitty to be around, people might actually want to be around her more than they need to. I have caught her blatantly lying to them about my sister, and she has also heard her blatantly lie about me behind my back. Knowing her, she has some deranged calculation wherein she increases her share of the assets in the will every time she libels her kids. :|
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    Quote Originally Posted by KookyTookie View Post
    I was raised by a narcissist and have been severely affected by the dysfunctional realtionship with my mother. I won't go into details - but I will say that this experience has left me with significant identity problems. I have a tendency to fall into codependent behaviour patterns as a result of having been 'controlled' most of my life by my mother. When I was a child there was not a lot I could do about this. However, as an adult I am still allowing her to do this to me because of codependency (or 'co-narcissism')

    I'm currently working on breaking free and rebuilding my life. This is an interesting article that really hit home for me:

    http://www.alanrappoport.com/pdf/Co-...%20Article.pdf
    Thank you for sharing this article, very informative.
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    I don't know the answer to that but I'm sure it has a very strong affect. I have known a few people possibly in that situation and they seemed very confident and self assured. But that is my very small experience.
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  6. #16

    I was also raised by a narcissist... who was raised by a narcissist. As a result, I have a lot of issues with low self-worth, and my personal relationships often reflect the toxic dynamic between me and my mother. Long story short, she put herself on a pedestal and I was conditioned to hold her up. Since I know better now, and have people who care for me in a healthy way, I've been working on rebuilding myself.
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  7. #17

    Quote Originally Posted by Action Potential View Post
    I was also raised by a narcissist... who was raised by a narcissist. As a result, I have a lot of issues with low self-worth, and my personal relationships often reflect the toxic dynamic between me and my mother. Long story short, she put herself on a pedestal and I was conditioned to hold her up. Since I know better now, and have people who care for me in a healthy way, I've been working on rebuilding myself.
    Oh man, I know exactly how that unhealthy dynamic can spill over into relationships. My first relationship was VERY intense. A lot of arguing, jealousy, anger... it was either very good or very bad. I don't really get emotionally involved in relationships anymore and I think it's out of fear of fucking things up again. My last girlfriend said she felt like she didn't know me, and that made me feel awful.
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  8. #18

    Quote Originally Posted by Babieca View Post
    Oh man, I know exactly how that unhealthy dynamic can spill over into relationships. My first relationship was VERY intense. A lot of arguing, jealousy, anger... it was either very good or very bad. I don't really get emotionally involved in relationships anymore and I think it's out of fear of fucking things up again. My last girlfriend said she felt like she didn't know me, and that made me feel awful.
    Yeah, the spill-over is pretty much unavoidable. We're only a little more than the sum of our experiences, after all, and this is what we bring into all of our relationships. Including our baggage. It's impossible to have a healthy romantic relationship (or friendships, IME) if you're "checked out" emotionally. This is something that, after a while, I was able to discuss with my partners, who were baffled by the psychological distance I was keeping from them (in an effort to avoid the aforementioned toxic dynamic, no less. Ugh). Fucking up really sucks, but it's inevitable in things like this. Live and learn.
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  9. #19

    Quote Originally Posted by dilletante View Post
    Young children learn the thinking style of their parents, and if you were raised by one narcissistic parent in particular you with probably face challenges with a lot of irrational thinking styles. I was raised by my Mother who was/is in complete denial of her personality disorder, so I can relate on some level. I think your awareness of the situation gives you an opportunity to break the cycle.
    I agree with this. I hate to think that we are "victims" of our parent's personality problems. My dad shows narcissistic tendencies- basically his main problem is that he expects everyone to go along with what he says- but I've realized that this is very wrong and have learned to become firm in dealing with him. The only thing that upsets me is how controlling he is over my mom - it's one of the things that pisses me off so much. She's not submissive towards him though, at least.
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  10. #20

    Quote Originally Posted by benr3600 View Post
    Absolutely perfect. I actually thanked my mother one time for showing me how to raise kids, by showing me how exactly not to raise kids. I have a feeling my mother is narcissistic and/or borderline, and it is a cycle starting with at least her father. I'm just the whipping boy for her bullshit, but I've sworn to stop the cycle of abuse, one way, or another. It's funny how my sister didn't receive tons of displacement from her, none at all, in fact, and she has a completely normal life. Which includes manipulating, being totally unfaithful (probably comes back to the father relationship), being totally selfish etc.

    One time she actually told me she was going to "tell my grandparents I don't have time to spend with the family anymore" because I had just moved to a different city, and was working six nights a week and going to school all five weekdays. She knows that I know the grandparents are loaded, so in her inveterate need for as much attention as possible, she thinks she can blackmail me to do whatever she wants by hanging the fact that the grandparents may die soon, over her head. She doesn't have the ability to think that by actually being pleasant, instead of passive-aggressive and generally shitty to be around, people might actually want to be around her more than they need to. I have caught her blatantly lying to them about my sister, and she has also heard her blatantly lie about me behind my back. Knowing her, she has some deranged calculation wherein she increases her share of the assets in the will every time she libels her kids. :|
    That's the best way to look at it. I feel so embarrassed about my dad .. but he doesn't even understand that a lot of his behavior is wrong!!! It's sad because he doesn't intend to hurt other people, but that's what he does. And I feel sorry for my mom for marrying someone like that. But you can't change the past and have to work with what you have. *shrugs* It still hurts, but that doesn't mean I'm going to curl up in a ball and cry about it for the rest of my life. By knowing what's wrong, you know what's right. :)

    Awareness can do wonders. Also, asking other people for help when you're not sure about something.
    Now, though, there's a narcissistic guy in one of my classes who likes me..... and I almost fell into his damn trap. Currently, I'm in the process of deciding whether or not I want to be friends with him or just avoid him altogether. *sigh*
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