Narcissist parents are individuals who exhibit narcissistic traits and behaviors in their role as parents. These individuals prioritize their own needs and desires over the needs of their children, and they may manipulate and control their children to serve their own needs. Narcissist parents often have an inflated sense of self-importance and a strong need for admiration, and they may expect their children to reflect positively on them and meet their unrealistic expectations.
In a narcissistic parent-child relationship, the child’s own needs and emotions may be ignored or dismissed, and they may be subjected to verbal or emotional abuse. The child may also be manipulated and controlled, and their sense of self-worth and identity can be severely damaged.
It’s important to understand that not all individuals with narcissistic traits are necessarily bad parents, and that there is a difference between having narcissistic traits and having a full-fledged narcissistic personality disorder. However, it’s still important for individuals who have experienced narcissistic parenting to seek support and healing, as the effects of this type of upbringing can be long-lasting and damaging.