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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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Exploring the 5 Types of Narcissism pt 1 of 2

Tony tackles the 5 types of narcissism in part 1 of 2. He references the article “5 Types of Narcissism and How to Spot Each,” Medically reviewed by Jeffrey Ditzell, DO written By Courtney Telloian — Updated on September 15, 2021http://psychcentral.com/health/types-of-narcissism Find all the latest links to podcasts, courses, Tony’s newsletter, and more at https://linktr.ee/virtualcouch …

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Exploring Anxiety, Uncertainty, and “Narcissistic Victim Syndrome” w/Bonus Haiku

Tony talks more about anxiety, uncertainty, and the brain’s adorable desire to make sense of things that often don’t make sense. He reads a haiku and a poem from the women’s private Facebook group, and then he references “Narcissistic Victim Syndrome” from the article “12 Signs You’ve Experienced Narcissistic Abuse (Plus How to Get Help) …

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Navigating the Negative Effects of the Narcissistic (or Emotionally Immature) Parent

People often stay in relationships with narcissistic or emotionally immature partners in hopes that it will be better in the long run for the kids. Unfortunately, staying can often send the exact opposite message. Tony reads another poem from his private women’s Facebook group and a letter from the son of a narcissistic father. He …

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Feeling Stuck? Recognizing the Negative Effects of Regret and Rumination

“Regret is a common feeling that has both negative and positive effects,” Sian Ferguson from the article “How to Move Past Regret.” https://psychcentral.com/blog/a-powerful-exercise-for-moving-past-regret Tony talks about regret and rumination’s roles in keeping people stuck in a trauma bond with a narcissist.  And follow Tony on the Virtual Couch YouTube channel for a sneak preview of …

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