Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are emotionally trying or traumatic experiences that take place between the ages of 0-17 years.

ACEs include experiencing or witnessing violence, abuse, or neglect in the home or the community at large. They may also include mental health challenges in the family or the incarceration of a family member.

The Narcissist’s False Self

THE FALSE SELF IS A FAKE PERSONA dysfunctional people invent as a psychological defense mechanism against re-living adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as traumatic stress. A child’s construction of a false self is an adaptive process. Children may develop it to cope with unmet needs, especially the absence of support the child requires to differentiate themselves from their caregivers. When…

What is a Narcissistic Injury?

IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT the ability to experience genuine feelings of joy, love, or compassion.  It’s hardly a stretch to suggest that one’s internal ecosystem would be a bleak and desolate landscape. However, if you were to open up the mind of a pathological narcissist and look inside, what you would find is a psychological wasteland riddled with persecutory objects. The ambiguity of malignant…