Narcissism seems to be on the rise in America and therefore so is narcissistic parenting. One of the biggest problems is that narcissistic parents do not have any inkling that they are doing something wrong. They are convinced that they are great parents and they convince their children that they are great parents. They are great actors because they completely believe in their act.
In a case that I became acquainted with (not one of my own cases), the youngest child of a narcissistic mother was designated the “disturbed child.” The mother suffered from anxiety attacks during her pregnancy with “Mary,” and hence Mary picked up the stress chemicals from her mother’s body and was born cranky.