Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Therapists Can Also be Narcissists

There is a truism that people familiar with personality disorders understand. Narcissists are deeply disturbed and very sick. But they don't generally seek psychological help. Instead, a therapist is more likely to treat their victims. People who've been abused often suffer from depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome. This leads them to talk to a professional.

However, there is no guarantee that a particular therapist doesn't suffer from narcissistic personality disorder herself. As any experienced mental health worker will tell you, be very careful. If you notice any red flags, such as excessive talk about herself and an undo focus on her physical appearance, proceed extremely carefully. Otherwise you could put yourself in the untenable position of bearing your soul to another malignant narcissist.

The so-called helping professions, such as teaching, nursing and social work, attract a lot of people with strong narcissistic traits. They are drawn to these positions of authority.

If you do decide to seek psychological help, it's not a bad idea to get a referral from another medical professional you trust.

Flickr photo by Hey Paul Studios

Disclaimer: I am not a licensed mental health professional. My knowledge of malignant narcissism comes from first-hand experience.

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