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Why A Talk On Narcissistic Victim Syndrome?

I get many emails from victims of narcissistic abuse (many of whom suffer from Narcissistic Victim Syndrome), saying that they have trouble finding therapists who understand the extent of abuse they suffered while in a relationship with a narcissist.  So when I was invited to be a guest speaker at the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy's Annual Conference held in Dublin, I jumped at the chance to become the voice of every victim.  

As the theme of the conference was “Improving Therapeutic Relationships”, I saw this as the perfect opportunity to introduce this subject of narcissistic abuse to professional psychotherapists and counsellors, most of whom had never heard of this form of abuse (as it is not part of their training). I must say, they were a fantastic audience, and were very interested to hear what I had to say on this topic.

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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.

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