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 behavior the victim may have experienced, and also understand the effects of that behavior 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 behavior of the narcissist and the long term effects of that behavior on the victim.
Familiarize yourself with what narcissistic rage is, what causes it, and its relation to the narcissist’s shameful feelings. Understanding the extent of the narcissist’s 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 behavior, namely the overt and covert narcissist. The destructive effects of gaslighting behavior 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.
Written by: Christine Louis de Canonville
Originally appeared on Narcissist Behavior.net