7 Ways narcissistic parents keep their adult children dependent on them revisited
Certain narcissistic parents will gain their narcissistic supply by making their adult children dependent on them.
You will notice in the examples I give below that the parent is sacrificing the adult child’s long-term well-being for their own gratification and narcissistic supply. This shows their total lack of empathy for their own child, a core component of narcissism.
All the ways I will explain fall under the subject of infantilization. This means treating someone younger than their actual age and is done extensively by narcissistst.
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How the narcissistic parent does this.
1. The parent does not teach the child life skills. instead the parent continues to perform these tasks for the child long past the time when the child should be performing these tasks for him or herself. examples of this could be
– Cutting the child’s meet up for them on the plate when the child is already 12 years old.
– Sorting out an adult Childs paperwork. Such as contracts, passport forms etc.
– Booking an adult child’s airline tickets.
– Not encouraging or discouraging a child from getting their drivers licence
– Making it much easier for an adult child to live in the parents home instead of becoming independent.
– Enabling behaviors that keep the child dependent
– Not utilizing tough love when it is in the child’s long-term best interest
2. The narcissistic parent sets the child up to fail and then rescues them. like the movie “Misery” Let’s mess you up, and then nurse you back to health. They do this because in this way they make you totally dependent on them, and that gives them their narcissistic supply. Also they can look like the wonderful rescuing parent to everyone else, giving them more narcissistic supply.
3. The parent is highly critical of the child’s attemps to perform life skills for themselves, and instead of helping their adolescent or adult child to achieve this skill, the parent viciously criticizes the child in a covert or overt way, and then will totally take the task over without showing the child how it is done. This stops the child from becoming self dependent and autonomous and makes the them feel tied to and dependent on the parent. This drops the childs self-esteem because they feel like a loser. The child then may take on symptoms of learned helplessness. see my video “Learned helplessness induced by narcissistic abuse” for more details on this.
4. The narcissistic parent will emphasize the child’s failings to them and everyone else, then will almost seem like they are boasting about how much of a loser their child is. They will be very free with explaining the horrible situation they are put in with this child that they constantly have to rescue. If you think about it is quite unusual for someone to be so open and almost boastful of such a situation.
5. The narcissistic parent will also set the child up to fail so they can project out their own unexcepted faults i’m to the child and have an opportunity to express their narcissistic rage directed at the child. this then gives the narcissistic parent a cathartic release and a feeling of omnipotent power.
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