How to Deal with Parental Narcissism During the Holidays

Ten tips to help you maintain your authentic self

If you come from a narcissistic family, meaning a family led by a mother or father who is a narcissist, you are probably starting to either dread the approaching holidays or worry about how to handle family gatherings.  Pre-holiday anxiety is common in other types of dysfunctional families as well. Will your uncle drink too much again this year? Will there be angry arguments with no resolution? Will you get triggered by the hostile dynamics of your unhealthy family? Will the family expect you to play “your role” in the family—the one that you were given as a child? Can you manage to be yourself at the holiday get together and maintain your authenticity with grace?

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