Is Your Parent a Narcissist?: 33 Ways to Tell

An expert’s checklist for gauging where you stand.

The label narcissist is used loosely these days, typically to indicate anyone who is vain and selfish, but the actual, diagnosable personality disorder and its traits run much deeper and carry long-term debilitating effects for those raised in a family led by a narcissistic parent.

Below I offer a checklist to determine if you were raised by a narcissistic parent who may carry many of these traits. Remember that narcissism is a spectrum disorder, but someone with a high level or number of high these traits can still have a damaging influence on a developing child. The more traits, the closer to a full-blown personality disorder.

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