Why is my child drawn to the narcissist

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Why is my child drawn to the narcissist

Some parents wonder why their child seems to be the one who's often drawn to the more narcissistic, difficult, demanding, pushy kid in the class. The one who's grabbing all of the attention. If your child doesn't child feel good about who they are or if your child feels inferior, lacks confidence and a sense of value, they may find themselves stirring towards that person who either is going to reinforce the message because it feels so right to them. Meaning that the bully will pick on them and that was scary. It feels right. Or they're hoping that maybe all of that specialness of little Prima donna in the classroom is going to rub off on your child. And it will just make her feel ever more special to be affiliated with the popular crowd. That's another reason why it happens.

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Wendy T. Behary, LCSW

Psychotherapist & Author

With 25 years post-graduate training and advanced level certifications, Wendy Behary is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and The New Jersey Institute for Schema Therapy. She has been treating clients, training professionals and supervising psychotherapists for more than 20 years. Wendy is also on the faculty of the Cognitive Therapy Center and Schema Therapy Institute of New York, where she has trained and worked with Dr. Jeffrey Young since 1989. She is a founding fellow of The Academy of Cognitive Therapy (Dr. Aaron T. Beck). Wendy is also the President of the Executive Board of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST).

Wendy Behary has co-authored several chapters and articles on schema therapy and cognitive therapy. She is the author of the New Harbinger Publication (1st and upcoming 2nd edition) Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed. Wendy has a specialty in treating narcissists and the people who live with and deal with them. As an author and an expert on the subject of narcissism, she is a contributing chapter author of several chapters on schema therapy for narcissism. She lectures both nationally and internationally to professional and general audiences on schema therapy, and the subject of narcissism, relationships, and dealing with difficult people. Her work with industry has included speaking engagements focused on interpersonal conflict resolution. Her private practice is primarily devoted to treating narcissists, partners/people dealing with them, and couples experiencing relationship problems. She is also an expert in coaching individuals in interviewing, public speaking, and interpersonal skills enhancement.

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