When Family Is A Cult (Pt 1)

Treading the path of narcissism research, a bunny trail led off into the underbrush. A signpost said "Cult Lane." Naturally, I turned off the beaten path to follow the bunny trail. I mean, who wouldn't!? And I'm so glad I did.

Light glimmered when I read on , "Growing up in a family of narcissists is akin to being raised in a cult."

Fascinating shit! On hands-and-knees, I scrambled along the bunny trail as it led deeper into the thicket.

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How Narcissists Exploit Cancer and Every Other Ailment

I honor the millions who heroically battle cancer, determined to live life to its fullest and flip cancer the bird. Unfortunately, narcissists aren't always among this valiant throng. Give a narcissist cancer (or any ailment) and he'll exploit it to the max, making everyone's life a micro-managed living Hell along the way. I know. I was there.


Stockholm Syndrome: Loving Our Abuser

Reading old emails exchanged with my captors makes me sick. Nauseated. Loquacious lovey-dovey's and toe-curling coo's drip from our email conversations. The contrast between our communication back then is in stark contrast to the barbs and silences now.

It's contradictory. Crazy-making.

Backstory: My parents forbade...


Danger, Will Robinson: Paranoiac Parents

Bed bugs: mother's latest paranoiac fad. Her home's gonna' get infested with the little devils. She's sure of it.

Mother's paranoia is nothing new. She's been this way all my life. And her mother is a paranoiac, controlling narcissist too. Together they form a hysterical duo, collecting and trading dangers like some people trade baseball cards. Their "Danger Scrapbook" is second-to-none, bulging with terrors of every description.


If (Fill-In-The-Blank)…You Might Be a Narcissist (Pt 1)

Narcissists do and say the funniest things. Well, it's only funny from a safe distance when not aimed at you! So, I thought, why not compile the funniest, the craziest, the furthest-out and most flabbergasting things narcs have said and done!?
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy is renowned for his signature comedy line, "If (insert redneck trait) might be a redneck." One of my favorites is, "If you have an engine hangin' in your might be a redneck!" So I thought, why not gather tales in the same format: "If (fill-in-the-blank-with narcissist's-shenanigans) might be a narcissist."


Narcissists Faced With Their Narcissism: Kablooey!

"At the name of {narcissism} each one of the children felt something jump...inside. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt suddenly brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer."


Confessions of an Ex-Narcissist

I understand narcissists. I used to be one.

It started during my teenage years, but thankfully, didn't last long. My parents both caused and screamed me out of narcissism. I wrote about it last year in my personal blog as a letter to my grandiosely narcissistic father and covertly narcissistic mother.