When The Narcissist is Your Parent

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This is the deepest wound.  As a therapist, I feel this requires the most focussed of work.  NA by a parent creates confusion and self-doubt.  It results in a an exceptional brokenness of the person.   There is cognitive dissonance.  Leon Festinger* identified this state as one where your set of beliefs contradict how you feel. So, you know your parents love you (they tell you) and that they look after you (you have a home/food) but you feel anxious/scared/unsafe, around them.