Writings from Christine

The Narcissistic Cycle of Abuse Among Siblings

by on May 29, 2018

As sisters, Nicole and Sofi grew up in a two-parent, middle class family. From the outside looking in, things appeared normal and healthy. But for Sofi, life was very difficult. Her sister bullied her, stole prized possessions, would lie and blame Sofi for things that went wrong, physically hit her, and destroyed some of Sofi’s… (more…)

10 Signs of a Passive-Aggressive Person

by on May 29, 2018

Tess was immediately annoyed in the presence of her manager and she couldn’t understand why. She normally got along with a wide-range of personalities, had no issue with authority, and was generally well-liked by most. But for some reason, every time she saw her manager, she wanted to run in the opposite direction. Their conversations… (more…)

Have a Difficult Kid? Do These 7 Techniques

by on May 29, 2018

Maggie and James were involved parents. They participated in their kid’s school, coached a team or two, helped with homework, and knew the names of their kid’s friends. But for some reason, one of their three kids was constantly in trouble. The other two enjoyed a great reputation at their school but their sister was… (more…)

30 Reasons Why People Lie

by on May 29, 2018

Rebecca is a middle school English teacher. Previously she worked in a local public school but was frustrated by number of daily lies from her students. Thinking the private school environment would be better, she switched. But what she found was even more creative lies that her students would tell her. One day she decided… (more…)

Parent Checklist for ODD, IED, and ADD

by on May 29, 2018

The three disorders: opposition defiant disorder (ODD), intermittent explosive disorder (IED) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) have some very similar characteristics. Yet they also have some defining differences. As a parent, in might be hard to know if some of the behaviors you are seeing in your child are an indication of one of these… (more…)

The Silent Treatment: The Subtle Art of Abuse

by on May 29, 2018

Margo knew she messed up but she wasn’t sure how. Her husband’s complete silence towards her over the last few days was a signal that she made some sort of mistake. The problem was, according to him, she made daily errors in judgement, so she was completely in the dark. Did she drink too much… (more…)

Parent’s Call to Action: Enough Terror in Schools

by on May 29, 2018

At a local high school in Florida, a fire alarm was pulled by a student. This is the second time since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that the fire alarm at this school was activated. Since nearly all the students, teachers, and staff know that the Parkland shootings began with a fire alarm being… (more…)

How the Narcissistic Trauma Bond Ensnares

by on May 29, 2018

Katrina couldn’t believe how her friend was treating her husband at dinner. She was demanding, controlling, domineering, belittling, unrelenting, sarcastic, and unnecessarily rude. For some time now, Katrina suspected that her friend was narcissistic and after the evening they spent together, she was even more convinced. Feeling bad for her friend’s husband, she gently confronted… (more…)

How a Narcissist Treats a Chronically Ill Spouse

by on May 29, 2018

Kathy woke-up startled to hear her phone ring so at 5am. She was in her second semester of college and was busy with school and work. It was her narcissistic dad calling her, which he hadn’t done since she left home, so she was immediately on high alert. He skipped any niceties and immediately started… (more…)

How to Reduce Anxiety in Kids after a School Shooting

by on May 29, 2018

Sammy refused to go to school after hearing about the death of several students at a neighboring school. Even though he didn’t’ know the details of the event, he was adamant about not going to school. His mother tried everything, including bribing him. But the more she talked the more anxious he got until Sammy… (more…)

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