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Narcissism and Psychopathy in the Game of Thrones: The Finale and the Puzzle of Daenerys Targeryen

"You are going to need therapy." Gwendoline Christine (who plays Brienne of Tarth) , After Game of Thrones Season 8

***spoiler alerts ahead***

Like many fans of the HBO series, Game of Thrones, I am utterly stunned. The entire series ended last Sunday. And yet here I sit, transfixed and puzzled by the outcome.  Overall, I feel that the last episode tied together what needed to be concluded, although I wouldn't say it was the most graceful or neatest of outcomes on the TV screen.



When Narcissistic Abuse Occurs in Family Systems

ACON= acronym for Adult Child of Narcissistic (Caregiver/Parent)

Wow, May is here!...How did that happen?... For many mothers, May is a joyful time to embrace and partake of festivities, also honoring seasoned caregivers who play a strong role in nurturing the new generation of nurturers. However, for some childbearing women, motherhood may not be a happy time. Due to a range of reasons , approximately 20% (or more) of all childbearing women may experience perinatal depression or anxiety (PSI, 2017). It is never a woman's fault that she develops perinatal depression/anxiety (PMAD). Rather, a complex interplay of biological, hormonal, neurological, and environmental events can blend to create the perfect storm for an "episode." Fortunately, these eruptions of psychological pain are temporary and can be resolved with excellent care by trained practitioners (therapists, psychiatrists, doulas, lactation consultants, pediatricians, Ob/Gyns) and a supportive tribe of helpers (healthy extended family and friends, etc).



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4 Things You Need to Know About Maternal Mental Health

"Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than the natural laws." Barbara Kingsolver

Many of we women grow up with notions of becoming mothers some day. It is how we are socialized; we play with baby dolls and tenderly feed the pretend bottle to our dolly. We visualize what it will be like to be a mother someday, setting a table for tea while zooming off in our tricycle to work. Conceptualizations of motherhood morph and change with the times, and yet here we are, biologically, and in many cases sociologically and psychologically, primed for motherhood.
Enter real live baby, full time job, and perhaps other children and a spouse. There are many pressures on the modern mother to not only attend emotionally to her child(ren) but to also provide for her family. In essence, so many pressures and expectations of motherhood can add tremendous stress to the new mom.



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Post-Traumatic Growth in Tyrion: Game of Thrones

“I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things.” Tyrion Lannister

Survivor of Narcissistic Abuse in Family of Origin

Tyrion Lannister has won the hearts of many Game of Thrones fans (G.R. Martin, 2015) with his wit, resilience, diplomacy and cunning ability to survive seemingly insurmountable odds.  Tyrion is an example of fortitude and perseverance in the face of adversity. Beginning with his abusive family of origin, Tyrion hails from House Lannister. His (now deceased) father, Tywin, repetitively psychologically abused Tyrion, ridiculed him for being deformed and a dwarf, and blamed him for the death of his mother (who died while giving birth to him). This spunky, redeeming character is the classic example of the scapegoat in a narcissistic family system.

****spoilers ahead****



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Examining Narcissism and Psychopathy in Game of Thrones: Cersei

Two major landmines have hit the country in recent months and years: 1) the discussion of narcissism on a grand scale, impacting macro-micro levels of politics, work, love, and family relationships, and 2) the HBO phenomenon television series, Game of Thrones. Interestingly enough, there is broad intersection amongst these two topics. This blog article will attempt to illuminate and draw comparisons amongst characters in Game of Thrones and the spectrum of narcissism and psychopathy represented in the acting of the epic GOT series. I will attempt to assign a diagnosis and a course of treatment for characters in Game of Thrones, in an effort to shed light on the spectrum of narcissism, which in its most dangerous form, is psychopathy (or Antisocial Personality Disorder). (DSM-5, 2013).



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5 Tips for Healthy Dating Relationships

“Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others.” – Brene Brown

Many of the clients I see in my practice are healing in the aftermath of toxic relationships and regaining a sense of restored confidence in their ability to discern healthy dating partners. When an individual has been impacted by psychological abuse in a romantic relationship, often a survivor experiences cognitive dissonance as a result of gaslighting, silent treatment, projection, and other emotional abuse tactics (Schneider, 2018).  It takes some time for a survivor to reclaim their trust in themselves to select healthy dating partners because of the very nature of deception and manipulation that is a part of an abusive relationship (see my article on coercive control).



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Understanding Coercive Control in Intimate Relationships

"Only a couple of decades ago, society named and recognized the problems of sexual harassment, dating violence, marital rape, and stalking. Coercive control needs to be similarly named and recognized, so we can begin to address it. We all need to learn more, so we can offer the right kinds of support and not allow victims to become isolated." Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD, author of Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship