The Legacy of Distorted Love

Recognizing, understanding and overcoming the debilitating impact of maternal narcissism

Will I Ever Be Good Enough?

Adult children of narcissistic parents commonly grow up with this nagging feeling that they flunked childhood and it’s all their fault. They internalize the message they are not good enough no matter how hard they try. Read More

I'm so glad I found you!

"Adult children of narcissistic parents commonly grow up with this nagging feeling that they flunked childhood and it’s all their fault."

Oh God... You meant it as an introductory sentence, but it hit me square in the guts. You've put in just a few words the feelings I've been trying to identify for months: I feel I've FLUNKED childhood (and youth). I don't believe any more that it's all my fault, but that horrible feeling of having flunked something as basic as childhood... Oh yeah, it's still there all right!

Good news is: now that I know the name of the beast, I can get onto the business of slaying it ;) Thanks!

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Karyl McBride, Ph.D., is a licensed marriage and family therapist and author of Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers.

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