Narcissistic Family Systems – Introducing The Scapegoat

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve…holidays take on an entirely different meaning in a narcissistic family system. Trauma expert Shannon Thomas said it best “In healthy families, you’re just yourself – your name, your talents, your strengths, and weaknesses. You’re the person. But in a narcissistic family, things are different. Everybody has to find somewhere to be and a job to do within the family… they either support the narcissistic parent, or they are the focus of the narcissistic parent’s rage.” 

Tony discusses the dynamics of the narcissistic family giving particular attention to the scapegoat. Tony extensively references Alexander Burgemeester’s article “Toxic Narcissistic Family Dynamics Explained” from his excellent website, and he provides a beautiful description of the true power of the scapegoat from the website 

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