The Narcissistic Family Tree

 November 29, 2017




Written By Dr. Karyl McBride, Ph.D., L.M.F.T.

Originally appeared on Psychology Today

Printed with Permission from the author

Just Like an apple with a worm living inside, we may see how this family looks nice from outside but decaying inside. Adult children of narcissist parents spend years to recover. The legacy of distorted love in a narcissistic family system needs to be put to a halt. We all need to wake up. We need to prevent it from happening on a serious note.


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The Narcissistic Family Tree




6 comments on “The Narcissistic Family Tree

  1. First off, could you please repost the image as it’s still illegible but obviously insightful! Thanks! This article is very interesting… I’m currently the parent orbiting the narcissistic while our two children are the victims of our triangulated conversations and pretense that all is ok. Well, not anymore — the divorce papers have been filed, hooray! I don’t necessarily see my husband as being quite as indifferent to our kids as is portrayed here. He seems quite caring and attentive, even tuned in to one child’s feelings. Maybe because he’s the more covert narcissist? Thanks, Karyl, for your work and books — Will I Ever Be Free of You was the first one I read when exploring this topic and it was very insightful! Fingers crossed I make it through this divorce relatively unscathed….

  2. I’m interested to know if you have any information on being the only child of a narcissist. I find I’m usually the scapegoat but alternate between that and the other types, because there is only one of me and it depends on my mother’s mood as to what I am.

  3. Please link to a larger version of the Narcissistic Family Tree cartoon. It’s not legible when enlarged, nor is the copyright info. Thanks!

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