The Scourge of our Times
Surviving narcissistic relationship partners requires special knowledge and, often, special help. The fact that narcissism and other character disturbances plague so many relationships is the scourge of our times. Sound societies are built on sound relationships. So, it doesn’t take long for a society full of dysfunctional relationships to become dysfunctional itself.
As I’ve mentioned in many articles and in all my books, the fact that there are so many narcissitic relationship partners out there making big problems for society is bad enough. Sadly, the reverse is also true. That is, a dysfunctional narcisissm-fostering society naturally produces more narcissitic and other character-impaired relationship partners. This makes cultivating a healthy, wholesome relationship more challenging than ever.
A Big Problem For Counselors
As mentioned earlier, surviving narcissisitic relationship partners often requires specialized help. The right kind of help demands accessing the right knowledge – not only for the survivor but also for the therapist. Sadly, there’s a lot of indequate, inaccurate, only partly true, and outright erroneous information out there these days, especially about narcissism. And all too many times survivors experience iatrogenic or “therapy-induced trauma” when they go for help. Being made to feel partly to blame or witnessing a counselor fail to “get it” when it comes to a character-impaired partner and their tactics not only traumatizes but also can foster depression and a sense of hopelessness.
Some Counselors “Get It” and Get the Counseling Right, Too!
More and more professionals have come to appreciate that helping survivors of narcissistic relationship partners requires a unique approach. I’d like to think that my work has at least helped make this possible to some degree. And recently, I had the opportunity to talk with a therapist who understands the issues and the proper approach. We had an interesting conversation that I thought you might well want to hear. So, I’ve posted the Love Evolved podcast with Leigh-Anne LoPinto on my YouTube channel.
I’ll have some announcements soon about an upcoming Live airing of Character Matters as well as the placing of prior and new podcasts on the major podcast platforms.