Understanding The Different Levels Of Narcissism & Narcissistic Behavior
My name is Christine Louis de Canonville. I am a psychotherapist living in Dublin, Ireland, and have worked with victims of narcissistic abuse for many years, both in my private practice and in a post traumatic unit within a Psychiatric Hospital. I have also been a victim in my own childhood, where I shared a relationship with a psychopathic brother. This early conditioning left me vulnerable to re-victimization by other narcissists in my adult life. However, I am also the living proof that there really is life after narcissistic abuse.
Narcissism – The 21st Century Epidemic
The 21st Century has brought with it a narcissistic epidemic, and a flood of traumatised victims that end up in the therapy room. Unfortunately, Narcissism and Narcissistic Victim Abuse (NVS) are subjects that most therapists are unaware of, leaving them ill equipped for recognizing and working with victims suffering from this devastating form of abuse, an abuse that strips them of their identity. From the boardroom to the bedroom, narcissists are everywhere; they can be parents, partners, friends, bosses, siblings—no one is safe. This form of abuse goes way beyond physical and psychological injury, it strikes at the very soul of the victim, leaving them wondering whether they are literally going mad. It is imperative for everyone to understand the relationship dynamics that exists between the narcissist and their victims, i.e. their need for entitlement, control, power, grandiosity and specialness. Also, to understand how a narcissist uses seduction and manipulation to “hook” their victims into a dangerous liaison. The information on this website is about different aspects of narcissistic behavior and narcissistic abuse for both victims and psychotherapists alike, and indeed, anybody who want to know more about the subject. Furthermore, many people who have experienced this form of abuse have left their comments and experiences on the blog to share with others. They, in effect, are the real experts whom we can all learn from.