What is Narcissistic Abuse?

Darlene Lancer
Narcissism and Abusive Relationships
4 min readApr 1, 2016

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Narcissists don’t really love themselves. Actually, they’re driven by shame. It’s the idealized image of themselves, which they convince themselves they embody, that they admire. But deep down, narcissists feel the gap between the façade they show the world and their shame-based self. They work hard to avoid feeling that shame. This gap is true for other codependents, as well, but a narcissist uses destructive defense mechanisms that…

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Darlene Lancer
Narcissism and Abusive Relationships

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