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Co-Parenting wtih a Narcissist

A narcissist is someone who exhibits excessive self-centeredness, a grandiose sense of self-importance, a lack of empathy for others, and a constant need for admiration and attention. Narcissistic individuals tend to believe that they are unique, special, and entitled to special treatment. They often seek out situations that enhance their self-image and can be preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, or beauty.


Narcissism exists on a spectrum, and not all traits of narcissism are necessarily negative. In fact, a healthy level of self-confidence and self-esteem is important for personal well-being. However, when narcissistic traits become extreme and impair a person's ability to form healthy relationships, show empathy, and function effectively in society, it might be classified as narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).

People with narcissistic personality, self-esteem is often fragile, and they might react strongly to perceived slights or criticism. Treatment for narcissistic personality disorder can be challenging, as individuals with this condition may be resistant to acknowledging their behavior or seeking help. Therapy, particularly specialized approaches like cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, may be beneficial in managing and addressing the negative aspects of narcissism.


Co-parenting with a narcissist can be an extremely challenging and emotionally taxing experience. Narcissists can be particularly petty with self-righteous rules around family rituals, and if anything gets out of order, they get annoyed and ready to write you off. They give only p