Our parents are the key players in the early stages of our development, and they continue to have a huge impact on us even as we, too, grow into adults.
How they choose to behave towards us – the language they use and the physical treatment they adopt – will help shape our characters and personalities for the rest of our lives.
Both parents exert their influence on children, but this article will focus primarily on the role of the mother and the ways in which narcissism, when present, dictates the interactions that take place.
Narcissistic mothers rarely epitomize the stereotype of a warm, caring, loving provider.
Instead, they struggle to integrate their needs and desires with those of their children, who they might see as mere objects or burdens with which they have to deal.
Identifying a mother suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is a matter of spotting the various traits that are likely to be present.
There are many signs for both children (when they grow old enough to understand) and external parties (such as friends, other family members, and local authorities) to be vigilant for.