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Understanding the Impact of Narcissistic and Emotionally Immature Parents

Tony Overbay, LMFT, discusses the impact of narcissistic or emotionally immature parents on their children. Drawing from a personal letter sent in by a listener, as well as clinical cases and research, Tony explores the hallmarks of narcissistic and emotionally immature parenting and how these behaviors shape children’s emotional development and future relationships. This episode …

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Emotional Whiplash in Narcissistic/Emotionally Immature Relationships

Tony tackles the topic of emotional whiplash in narcissistic relationships. He explores how people can feel loved and appreciated one moment and then demeaned and dismissed the next by a narcissistic partner, leading to confusion and emotional turmoil. Using the story of Sarah and Mike, he unpacks this unpredictable and damaging dynamic. Tony also explains …

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Can You Ever Express YOUR Feelings to Narcissists and Feel Seen?

If you say “it” the right way, will the narcissist ever get “it” whatever “it” is? Tony introduces his ‘Five Foolproof Formulas for Navigating Narcissistic Nonsense,’ which helps maintain emotional stability and a sense of self in challenging relationships. Tony also critically analyzes a passage from the book ‘Rethinking Narcissism’ by Dr. Craig Malkin, where …

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Navigating the Challenges of Co-Parenting with the Emotionally Immature/Narcissist

Tony unpacks the complexities of co-parenting with a narcissistic or emotionally immature individual. Addressing a listener’s question, Tony delves into the nature of developing children, labeling them as ‘little narcissists’ due to their inherently self-centered perspective. Tony identifies this as a critical stage of normal human development and explains how these traits vary distinctively in …

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Still Wondering if YOU Are the Narcissist/Did They Finally “Get it?” – Introducing “Shelf Life”

“If I’m asking if I’m the narcissist, then Tony says I’m not!” Tony shares that he receives more feedback on this concept than any other from WUTN listeners. But what happens when the narcissist or emotionally immature person in your life gets ahold of this “script?” Does simply repeating this sentence elicit change? Tony details …

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Kate Anthony, Author of “The D Word: Making the Ultimate Decision About Your Marriage” on Deciphering Divorce, Confronting Decisions, and Embracing Empowerment

Tony and Kate Anthony, divorce coach and author of “The D Word: Making the Ultimate Decision About Your Marriage,” (https://amzn.to/47V1AKe) unpack the complex dynamics involved with the decision to stay or leave a relationship, typically with an emotionally immature or narcissistic partner. Kate shares her divorce story and explores the importance of establishing personal boundaries …

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Understanding the Complexity of Apologies & The Difficulties of Happiness

Tony Overbay discusses some individuals’ challenges when attempting to issue sincere and effective apologies. He discusses our evolutionary predisposition to spot danger and make comparisons, making happiness and contentment difficult to maintain. Tony explores the concepts of self-compassion, mindful self-reflection, and effective apology skills, which he believes are critical for personal growth and emotional maturity. …

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Abuse, God, and Self-Discovery with Ryan Anderson, PhD., LMFT, and Author of ‘The Choice to Leave Abuse’

How does abuse impact an individual’s spirituality and relationship with God? And how critical is it for a spiritual leader to be non-judgmental, empathetic, and compassionate when someone comes into their office talking about abuse? These critical questions are at the heart of today’s episode. Tony Overbay, LMFT, engages in an insightful conversation with Ryan …

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Too Smart for Their Own Good: Why Narcissists Love Conspiracy Theories

Ever wondered why some highly educated people fall for outlandish conspiracy theories? Dive into the latest episode of ‘Waking Narcissism’ with host Tony Overbay, a licensed marriage and family therapist, as he tackles this intriguing question. This thought-provoking episode explores the unexpected relationship between education, narcissism, and susceptibility to conspiracy theories, based on insights from …

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Why Do I Keep Losing My Crap, My Mind, and My Memory? Understanding Amygdala Hijack in Relationships

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by intense emotions in a relationship, struggling to understand why your reactions seem out of your control? Especially if you, and most people in your life, view you as kind and caring rather than reactive and angry. Chances are that you’ve experienced the “amygdala hijack,” a survival technique that often …

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