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Finding clarity in a world of ego and facade.
Kristy Lee Hochenberger
Being with a narcissist will cost you more than your sanity. Some narcissists cause their partners extreme financial distress and ruin.
High-conflict divorces are often a weapon of choice for narcissists, but is it worth engaging in such a destructive battle?
Healing from abuse is not a straightforward trajectory. It can be a challenging and uphill climb, especially when trying to break free from a narcissist.
The pandemic has only increased the role of dating apps in finding new partners. Does this make seekers more vulnerable to narcissists?
Narcissistic women can use their reproductive ability to maintain or regain control over partners.
Narcissism and substance abuse often go hand in hand. Addiction can be seen as a coping mechanism for dealing with an abusive narcissist.
Co-parenting with a narcissist or someone with strong narcissistic traits can be an exercise in futility that ends in nothing but frustration. How can you improve the situation?
Female narcissists and manipulators often turn their attacks on to the person dating their ex in an effort to cause further pain and trauma.
The combination of histrionic traits with narcissist traits can prove to be a damaging and manipulating duo.
Part II: Moving from grief to relief will bring you through feelings of shame coupled with mourning and confusion. Self-forgiveness is the vehicle to maneuver through the healing process.
Part I: After a breakup of a narcissistic relationship, one will find themselves going through myriad emotions ranging from grief to relief.
Even the smartest, most rational people can fall victim to narcissistic abuse. These stories reflect how it happens in everyday life.
Narcissists are uniquely competent at inflicting intense emotional, mental, and psychological trauma on their victims. What do responses to trauma look like, and can it be overcome?
Friendships are meant to support, encourage, and bring out our best. What happens when a "good" friend starts showing narcissistic or toxic traits?
Money has been said to be the root of all evil. In the hands of a narcissist, this is potentially true.
Narcissists are obsessed with attention and may do almost anything to secure it—even exaggerating or fabricating their own health issues.
With Valentine's Day on the horizon, love is in the air! How do narcissists hide behind the facade of love to break down defenses and hurt the ones who care?
Going no-contact after a breakup can be challenging but worthwhile. Here's how to make a clean break and save your sanity.
Personality can be conceptualized as the degree to which someone displays high or low levels of traits that are seen in the Five-Factor Model. Where do narcissists rank?
Covert and grandiose narcissists are the two subtypes of narcissism. By understanding the structure of the façade, one can learn to dismantle it and address the abuse.
"Micromanipulations" are sneaky ways that narcissists can appeal to one's empathy and tighten their control.
Henry VIII was a powerful historical figure with strong narcissistic traits. Was he truly in love with Catherine of Aragon, or with his fantasy?
Henry Tudor was one of the most notorious kings of England as well as the most narcissistic. Did his narcissism fuel his choice of wives as well as shape his royal duties?
The dating game can get more complicated when narcissists join the fray. What is love bombing, and can it be avoided?
The Finnish term "sisu" translates to stoic determination, grit, bravery, and stubborn resilience. No matter one's gender, sisu will help you survive a narcissistic relationship.
A home is supposed to be a place of comfort, love, and peace. But when that home harbors narcissists, it can be a hard path to healing.
While it is likely to develop negative side effects from the trauma of narcissistic abuse, it is equally likely to develop experience personal growth.
“Ghosting” is no longer reserved for Halloween houses or spooky movies. The scariest thing is how common—and cruel—this form of breaking up has become.
Men may statistically be more apt to be narcissists, but women can be just as talented at wielding the abuse.
It is possible to not only leave a narcissist but to thrive in the aftermath. You hold the power of your own recovery.
Kristy Lee Hochenberger is an ABD doctoral student of psychology at Capella University, licensed funeral director, certified life coach, and adjunct faculty member at Syracuse University.