Dealing with a narcissist in your life can be a challenging endeavor, but fostering understanding is a crucial step towards establishing healthier connections. To do this, it's essential to first understand the nature of narcissism and identify the type of narcissist you're dealing with.
Narcissism, a complex personality trait, has its roots in the earliest formative years of development. One prominent perspective, from psychoanalytic theory, highlights the symbiotic or 'narcissistic' stage, where an infant is very closely connected to their primary caregiver. This early experience forms the foundation for their sense of self-worth and identity. When things go wrong, or this stage is disrupted too abruptly, this lays down the foundation for narcissistic vulnerabilities. Recognizing these origins can help in relating to a narcissist, but if want to learn more about this feel free to contact me directly or you can subscribe to the Narcissism Decoder Podcast.