Episode 37 – Narcissism

Dec 13, 2018

The myth of Narcissus constitutes the archetypal root of the character structure of narcissism. Aspects of narcissism run from the healthy developmental narcissism of a child to the toxic narcissism of the psychopath, but all have in common a lack of empathy, whether momentary or chronic. We offer some thoughts on how to tell if you are in a relationship with a narcissist and what to do about it.

Here’s the dream we discuss:

“My ex-wife moves back in together, and then she starts belittling (me) like she used to when we were together, which I don’t like. After she does it a few times, I determinedly tell her to move out, and then I remember that she moved into my house, not the other way around—I don’t have to allow her to stay.”

7 Comments

  1. Hazel Da Breo

    You guys are super!! I’ve only just come across your podcasts and they are super! Can you talk some more another time about your approach to treating the narcissist herself?

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    • Joseph23455

      That’s a great idea Hazel. Discussing how to facilitate character transformation is a deep topic.

      Reply
  2. Jason

    I find a lot of common threads in this narrative.

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  3. BJ Castleman

    The way I heard it, neurotics make themselves miserable, and personality disorders make everyone else miserable.

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    • Joseph23455

      Lol -that sounds reasonably true.

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  4. Andreas

    My parents, brothers and ex wife fall under the narcissist/psychopath spectrum. I’m the idiot, also called the empath/Co-dependant😔.

    Are these conditions treatable or curable

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    • Joseph23455

      Narcissistic character traits are generally treatable. A long analysis can generally facilitate character transformation. Jungians are one of the few schools of thought that hold this view. I would suggest reading the matrix and meaning of character by Doherty and West. This should help provide a view of character structure and a sense of how that can change. Take care of yourself!
      Joseph

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