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Being Human

Apr 5, 2022

This week on the podcast, Dr. Greg digs deeper into the topic of narcissism as he answers a listener’s question about how to best approach conversation with a family member who has narcissistic tendencies. He breaks open the fear that lies at the core of narcissism, the difference between narcissistic traits and narcissistic personality disorder, and gives steps in how to best love the narcissists in our lives. 

Discussed in this episode: 

  • The importance of delineating between narcissistic tendencies and a full-blown narcissistic personality disorder, as well as the differences between the two; 
  • Understanding narcissism as a terror of worthlessness or of having no value as a person, and how manipulative behaviors are manifestations of a need for validation.
  • Balancing sympathy with firm boundaries and proper discernment as key when deciding how much interaction to have with someone who has narcissistic tendencies; 
  • Steps for dealing with difficult personalities and the importance of self-ownership in these relationships; 
  • One of the most helpful things you can do for someone who struggles with narcissistic tendencies; 
  • Fear of being unimportant as a sign of our infinite worth as sons and daughters of God.

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