Q & A – Do narcissistic parents raise narcissist children?

Narcissistic parents can indeed raise children who exhibit narcissistic traits or behaviors, but this is not always the case. The relationship between narcissistic parents and their children is complex and can vary depending on a variety of factors, including the severity of the parent’s narcissism and the child’s individual temperament.

Narcissistic parents tend to prioritize their own needs and desires over those of their children, often projecting their own insecurities and desires onto their children. This can lead to a child feeling pressured to meet the parent’s expectations and seek validation from them. Over time, the child may develop narcissistic traits as a way to cope with these dynamics, or they may develop other negative coping mechanisms such as anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem.

It is also possible for children of narcissistic parents to develop resilience and healthy coping mechanisms, particularly if they are able to form relationships outside of the family that provide them with emotional support and validation. Therapy can also be a valuable resource for individuals who have grown up with narcissistic parents and are struggling with the after-effects.

Ultimately, while there is a correlation between narcissistic parenting and narcissistic children, it is important to recognize that there are many factors that contribute to the development of narcissistic traits, and every individual is unique in their experiences and responses to their environment.

©Linda Turner http://parentalalienationpas.com 2023



Author: Linda Turner

Coaching and Therapy Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Hypnotherapy. Qualified NLP, EMDR and CBT therapist. REIKI Master. I believe in truth, honesty and integrity! ≧◔◡◔≦

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