narcissistic family systems

Autism or Narcissism? Unpacking Neurodivergent Relationships with Jodi Carlton, MEd

In today’s episode, we dive deep into the complexities of neurodiversity and narcissism in relationships. Our guest, Jodi Carlton, brings a wealth of expertise, drawing from over two decades of experience as a therapist, educator, and coach, with a special focus on neurodiversity. She has an intimate understanding of neurodivergent individuals. She has worked extensively …

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Sanity over Spouse: Crafting Calm Amidst Chaos

Today we dig more into the age-old question, “Should I stay or should I go?” And if I’m staying, what are some strategies to help maintain one’s sanity? Tony unpacks a poignant email from a listener, shedding light on the subtle nuances of gaslighting – a common manipulation tactic used by narcissists. Through this exploration, …

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Managing the Mind Boggle: Navigating through Nice Guys, Narcissists, and the Emotionally Immature – Plus, Is Change Real or Temporary?

Today’s show notes have been generated by ChatGPT-4 based on the transcript of the episode: Tony takes a deep dive into understanding and distinguishing between three complex behavioral patterns – Nice Guy/Girl Syndrome, Emotional Immaturity, and Narcissism.  Tony kicks off the discussion with a comprehensive analysis of Nice Guy/Girl Syndrome. He defines the syndrome, deciphers …

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I Don’t Even Know What That Means? Unmasking the Silent Symphony of the Ultimate Gaslighting Guffaw!

Have you ever received accusations from a narcissist or emotionally immature person, left bewildered by claims about your words or actions? Have you ever been blamed for instructing your father on roofing specifics when you know nothing about roofs, even though your spouse is a roofer? In this episode, Tony delves into real-life stories from …

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Exploring the 5 Types of Narcissism pt 2 of 2 BONUS Murder on the Couch Preview

Tony tackles the final 2 of the 5 types of narcissism in part 2 of 2, exploring the 5 types of narcissism. In part 1, he covered Overt and Covert, and he started to discuss Antagonistic narcissism, which led to a separate episode. Today Tony discusses Communal and Malignant narcissism. He references the article “5 …

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They Really Do Suck the Life Out of You – The “Antagonistic” Attachment of the Narcissist

Tony goes on a quick tangent between parts 1 and 2 of exploring the five types of narcissists to look into the antagonistic attachment style of the narcissistic person. An “antagonist,” from purely a biological, scientific point of view, is a relationship in which one organism benefits at the expense of another. People in narcissistic …

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When the Student Becomes the Teacher – One Mother Opens Up to Her Adult Children

What is the best way to support somebody beginning to “wake up” to the narcissism or the emotional immaturity in their relationship but still willing to wait for a miracle to occur? And what if that “somebody” is a parent in a relationship with a step-parent that you’ve never really liked? And what that miracle …

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A Cornucopia of Narcissism! Switzerland Friends, Confabulated Memory, Sitting w/Discomfort, Family Roles and More!

Tony discusses the differences between false memories and confabulation. He then reads a message from the “women in relationships with narcissistic ‘fill in the blank’” Facebook group that leads to a breakdown of “Switzerland Friends,” as well as how we deal with discomfort, as well as how “family systems theory” could provide an answer to …

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Shouldn’t Somebody Tell Her? How to Handle Narcissistic In-Laws w/Kristin Hill, LMHC

Tony talks with Kristin Hill, a fellow therapist, about her “waking up” to the narcissism of an in-law and the challenges that come along with interrupting a “family system” that already has an established pattern of behavior around an emotionally immature individual. Kristin is a mental health counselor based in Washington specializing in postpartum mood …

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