Children of the Self Absorbed: A Grown-Up's Guide to Getting Over Narcissistic Parents (3rd Ed)

Author(s): Nina W Brown

Personality Disorders | Difficult & Abusive Relationships | Families

Do you have a self-absorbed or narcissistic parent who's made you feel rejected, unloved, or unworthy?

Being a parent is usually all about giving of yourself to foster your child's growth and development. But what happens when this isn't the case? Some parents dismiss the needs of their children, asserting their own instead, demanding attention and reassurance from even very young children. This may especially be the case when a parent has narcissistic tendencies or narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).

This fully revised and updated edition of a self-help classic offers a step-by-step approach to resolving conflict and building a meaningful relationship with a narcissistic parent. Children of the Self-Absorbed offers clear definitions of narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder to help you identify the extent of your parent's problem. You'll learn the different types of destructive narcissism and how to recognize their effects on your relationships. Packed with proven techniques, you'll realize that you're not helpless against your parent's behavior, and that you don't have to give up on the relationship. Instead, you'll find realistic strategies and steps for setting up mutually agreed upon behaviors, so you can fulfill your own emotional needs.

In this new edition, you'll discover:

  • Skills for managing intense emotions

  • Tools for building character, self-esteem, and self-acceptance

  • How kindness and gratitude can promote self-healing

  • How to build trust and empathy with others


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"Children of the Self-Absorbed offers practical advice and guidance. The creative techniques and exercises are priceless to both the reader learning how to identify destructive parental behaviors and how to cope with them, as well as the reader learning to nurture and protect his or her own developing self." --Susan Hopper, PhD, clinical psychologist in private practice in St. Louis

"Children of narcissistic parents are provided techniques to dig themselves out of impossible relationships with their parents...a thoroughly well-thought-out, useful manual to help adult children move toward more productive connection to their narcissistic parents, to themselves, and to others." --Joan Medway, PhD, LCSW, psychologist in private practice in Potomac,

"Excellent reference for anyone, especially children reared by a self-absorbed parent. The book is broken down into digestible bits, making it very easy to absorb. Nina Brown invites the reader to take the path to the person they want to be. All along, I thought I assumed the role of the compliant child; reading this book helped me to realize instead that I assumed the role of the rebellious child--this new perspective has been very helpful." --Nial P. Quinlan, LPC, PhD, counselor in private practice in Norfolk/Yorktown, VA

Nina W. Brown, EdD, LPC, received her doctorate from the College of William and Mary, and is a professor and eminent scholar of counselings at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She is former president of the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, and a current commissioner for the American Psychological Association's Commission on Accreditation. Brown is the author of twenty-seven books on group therapy and narcissism, including Children of the Self-Absorbed, Loving the Self-Absorbed, and Whose Life is it Anyway?

General Fields

  • : 9781684034208
  • : New Harbinger Publications
  • : New Harbinger Publications
  • : April 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Nina W Brown
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 158.24
  • : 264
  • : V