Female Narcissists

6 Dark Traits of The Female Sociopath

Female sociopaths and narcissists are dangerous precisely because their manipulation often flies under the radar. Although there is an ongoing debate about the definition of "sociopath" versus "narcissist," it's safe to say that both types exhibit the following:

⁠—A callous lack of empathy.

⁠— A tendency to manipulate and con others for their own gain.

⁠— A sense of egocentrism and excessive entitlement along with blatant disregard for the rights, needs, and feelings of others.

Sociopaths and narcissists on the high end of the spectrum take it one...

Abusive friends

Childhood Bullying is a Form of Narcissistic Abuse

Childhood Bullying as a Part of Complex Trauma
I have spoken with countless survivors who report not only having endured narcissistic abuse by parents and spouses, but also by school-aged peers. Childhood bullying can cause PTSD and can even be a part of the development of Complex PTSD. As Dr. Babbel (2011), a psychologist who specializes in trauma and depression, notes in her article, "Child Bullying's Consequence: Adult PTSD":
"Interestingly, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was traditionally considered to be...

Antisocial Personality Disorder

What It’s Like to Be a Complex Trauma Survivor of Narcissistic Abuse

"Many abused children cling to the hope that growing up will bring escape and freedom. But the personality formed in the environment of coercive control is not well adapted to adult life. The survivor is left with fundamental problems in basic trust, autonomy, and initiative. She approaches the task of early adulthood――establishing independence and intimacy――burdened by major impairments in self-care, in cognition and in memory, in identity, and in the capacity to form stable relationships.

She is still a prisoner of her childhood; attempting to create a new life, she reencounters the trauma."
― Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Antisocial Personality Disorder

Are Male Narcissists Also Misogynists?

Are male narcissists more likely to be misogynistic? A study suggests that heterosexual narcissistic men tended to lash out more often at heterosexual women than any other group (including homosexual men and women). Dr. Keiller (2010), lead author of the study, writes:
The present study suggests that heterosexual men's narcissism is linked to an adversarial and angry stance toward heterosexual women more than toward other groups. Although narcissists may want to maintain feelings of superiority and...

Antisocial Personality Disorder

5 Eerie Signs You May Be Dating a Psychopath

"Psychopath and sociopath are pop psychology terms for what psychiatry calls an antisocial personality disorder." - Dr. John M. Grohol, Differences Between a Psychopath and a Sociopath
On the higher end of the narcissistic spectrum lies Antisocial Personality Disorder; a disorder that carries with it the symptoms of narcissism along with law-breaking behavior and a long-standing pattern of disregarding the rights of others. Psychopaths have also been shown by studies to have structural abnormalities in parts of the brain that deal with empathy, remorse and moral reasoning (Oliveira-Souza et. al, 2008; Gregory, 2012).

Emotional Abuse

These 5 Self-Care Practices Can Save Your Life After Emotional Abuse

When survivors of emotional abuse go No Contact (or Low Contact if co-parenting) with their abuser, the journey to healing is just beginning. Victims of psychological violence are likely to still be reeling from the symptoms of trauma, including but not limited to: reoccurring flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, dissociation, depression and pervasive feelings of low self-worth. They may even have urges to check up on or reconnect with their abuser due to the intense trauma bonds that developed during the abuse cycle.

Abusive friends

5 Powerful Healing Benefits of Being Single After Abuse

After the ending of a toxic relationship, survivors may be tempted to fill the void and avoid confronting their pain by reentering another relationship quickly. Sometimes, survivors are able to find an empathic, caring partner shortly after the ending of their abusive relationship. Unfortunately, what  happens more often than not is that they end up with another emotional predator who resembles the same one they just left, retriggering and cementing the same abandonment wounds that they attempted to escape in the first place.