Writings from Christine

10 Ways to Improve Body Image

by on October 12, 2017

Are your clients consumed with negative thoughts about their looks? How much of their time is spent obsessing over body image? We live in a culture fixated with outward appearances. This body image obsession breeds discontentment and discontentment in turn causes money to be spent. Advertisements, TV, social media, magazines, and the internet bombard with… (more…)

Five Types of Physical Abuse Narcissists Use on Spouses

by on October 12, 2017

Have your clients experienced a time when their narcissistic spouse lost control and became scary angry?  Did they cause physical pain? Do your clients feel that somehow they provoked it? Narcissistic spouses will blame others for their abusive behavior. “You made me upset,” “If you won’t say this (or act that way), then I won’t… (more…)

How to Establish Boundaries with Difficult People

by on October 12, 2017

Are your clients struggling with difficult people in their lives? As a clinician, there is a huge temptation to diagnose the difficult person and then dismiss them as unhealthy. But sometimes it is not easy to separate because they may be a spouse, parent, employer, or neighbor. Developing boundaries with your client is the best… (more…)

How a Narcissist Treats Their Spouse

by on October 12, 2017

Sometimes the charm of a narcissist inhibits your client from seeing the narcissism. When your client first met their spouse, there was something about them that was enticing. It seemed like an irresistible pull to someone who so perfectly matched their needs and wants. However, the fairy tale engagement and marriage came to an abrupt… (more…)

The Narcissistic Cycle of Abuse

by on October 12, 2017

The cycle of abuse Lenore Walker (1979) coined of tension building, acting-out, reconciliation/honeymoon, and calm is useful in most abusive relationships. However, when a narcissist is the abuser, the cycle looks different. Narcissism changes the back end of the cycle because the narcissist is constantly self-centered and unwilling to admit fault.  Their need to be… (more…)

Stop the Cycle of Abuse: Countering the Narcissistic Rant

by on October 12, 2017

The cycle of abuse by a narcissist is frustrating. It begins with an upsetting event. The narcissist, feeling threatened, then reacts abusively. Tired of the assault, the abused defensively fights back. The narcissist justifies the abused behavior as further evidence that the narcissist is being abused. Once the abused have given in or up, the… (more…)

What Causes Exhaustion?

by on October 12, 2017

For many clients, the physical manifestation of exhaustion is a symptom of deeper psychological issues. They may report feeling tired, overwhelmed, anxious, or even depressed. On the surface, they may have too many activities, feel responsible for others, reject setting boundaries, strive to look perfect, or be driven to excel. While all of these things contributue… (more…)

The Many Ways Marriage Can Be Exhausting

by on October 12, 2017

An exhausting marriage is not just about inadequate communication, insufficient funds or imperfect sex. While these items tend to be a factor at some level in every marriage, the exhaustion a client maybe feeling could be a sign of a much deeper issue. In order to undercover these darker issues, married clients should be separated… (more…)

The Stages of Narcissistic Sexual Abuse

by on October 12, 2017

Has sex become something your clients just do rather than enjoy? Do they feel pressured into having sex? Is it possible to be sexually abused in a marital relationship? Sexual abuse can happen to both men and women in and out of a marital relationship. In a relationship with a narcissist, however, that abuse becomes magnified…. (more…)

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