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8 Signs Of Narcissistic Parents And How To Deal With Them

8 Signs Of Narcissistic Parents And How To Deal With Them

7. They Reject Who You Are

A narcissist tends to see their child as an extension of themselves rather than as their own individual person. For instance, if they are a successful engineer, they will demand that you major in engineering in college, even if your interest is in the liberal arts.

Some narcissistic parents, however, set expectations not for the benefit of the child, but for the fulfillment of their own selfish needs and dreams. Instead of raising a child whose own thoughts, emotions, and goals are nurtured and valued, the offspring becomes a mere extension of the parent’s personal wishes, with the child’s individuality diminished.

“You have opportunities I’ve never had…After you become a doctor you can do as you please. Until then you do as I say!”

— Father to son

8. They Become Artificially Dependent

Some narcissistic parents expect their children to take care of them for the rest of their lives. This type of dependency can be emotional, physical, and/or financial.

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with taking care of older parents — it’s an admirable trait — the narcissistic parent typically manipulates an offspring into making unreasonable sacrifices, with little regard for the offspring’s own priorities and needs

“My mom (a single parent in her late 30s) expects me to support her financially on an ongoing basis. She says that she can’t live without me.”

― Anonymous college student

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