Up to now, little or nothing has been written in the medical literature regarding the victims who are exposed to those suffering with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and the consequences of that abuse on those individuals. To-day we are experiencing a narcissistic epidemic, and through lack of training on Psychotherapy Courses, most therapists, through no fault of their own, have had little or no training in this area. This must be addressed now, because whereas those clients who are suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder are most likely to be seen by psychiatrists in mental health services, it is those clients who have been victims of narcissistic abuse, (those who may be suffering from Narcissistic Victim Syndrome) that are the people most likely to turn up in your practice looking for a therapist to help them take back control of their lives.
As a therapist, before you can fully assist a victim recover after an encounter with a grossly narcissistic personality, it is imperative that you be informed fully about the insidious narcissistic behaviour the victim may have experienced, and also understand the effects of that behaviour on that victim. If you, as a therapist do not take the time to become informed about the two faces of the narcissist (Dr. Jackal and Mr. Hyde), you will not be effective working with the victims. You also need to understand the insidious behaviour of the narcissist, and the long term effects of that behaviour on the victim. Familiarize yourself with what narcissistic rage is, what causes it, and its relation to the narcissists shameful feelings. Understanding the extent of the narcissists rage will prepare you to understand the level of control they had over the victim. It is also important to be able to distinguish between the different types of narcissist behaviour, namely the overt and covert narcissist. The destruction of the gaslighting behaviour on the victim, and their cognitive dissonance as a result of the abuse. In order to provide you with some of those insights, I shall be putting up free articles about the Narcissistic Personality from time to time, but I also recommend that you broaden your sights by also researching this subject through the many articles written, and through other informative sites on the internet.
By Christine Louis de Canonville
First published on Narcisisst Behavior.net