They are in town, they are on the sports fields, they are everywhere and oh the trouble they cause at home! Don’t expect these monsters’ parents to help you, however, because this variety of brats are adults...

Do you remember the girl at school that stole things, started rumours about those least able to defend themselves and always got away with it because she had the charm to convince her teachers that someone else was to blame? We all remember kids like that don’t we? If you ever wondered what happens to those kids if they keep getting away with it, well ...

Meet the Narcissists

With a good education they can end up in charge of other peoples resources and run a healthy company or nation’s finances and management into the ground. The  uneducated men are more likely to end up in jail. The women, once too old to seduce and exploit men any longer, end up dying alone, rejected and despised by all. They don’t win and no one else does either.

The first person with narcissism that I knew was my sister. She hung out with kids less intelligent than herself at school, so she would look the star. She stole their clothes and jewellery and started vicious rumours. She was so cute (whenever questioned by an adult) that she generally succeeded in blaming others for her crimes. “Why didn’t I ‘tell on her?’” My psychologist asked me once... “Because I would get in trouble,” I said, “But you got into trouble anyway!” That is when my ‘aha’ moment came. So I started to ‘tell’. I hope one day that she will find a person strong enough to give her the parenting she needs. Someone that will see through her lies and say “No, you can’t blame anyone else any more, your game is up.”

Once they get older they get brash and blame the people that they abuse, and not others for what they do, “Of course I didn’t tell you that I took the money out of your purse, you are so angry and defensive, as if I could have told you,” or “Like I could have talked to you about it, you never listen to what I want.” (after they have exploited you in any number of ways, yet again.) I know the whole line these brats take because Steve my husband had the narcissism bug too, but thankfully, and this is the subject of my eBook “Back from the Looking Glass”, he grew up. 

Steve can spot narcissism (or it’s close cousin, misogynist) a mile off now, he calls these men, babies.

You see, Narcissists are not the fascinating and incurable creatures that they would have you believe they are. “I can’t help lying, it’s incurable!” It sounds just like a brat doesn’t it! Nice try Sam Vaknin, but I don’t buy it...

The world has been blessed in recent years with some excellent teachers in the areas of parenting psychology. Gordon Neufeld, Steve Biddulph, and The Super Nanny are but a few. They don’t tolerate the kind of bad behaviour that the common household child variety of brat dishes out. They have taught us to ask questions and find the truth in wrong doings with kids, to set boundaries and limits on behaviour with justice and without violence. In doing this they have helped a generation of bratty kids grow up to feel loved and happy and able to share.

Because learning to share is what it’s all about isn’t it? If we don’t learn that we need to share, consider others and take responsibility for our own mistakes when we are children, then as adults we put society, our homes and communities at great risk. The current divorce rate, crime and suicide rates and high number of isolated, lonely and depressed people now, as well as the state of the world economy, reflect the lack of maturity in many of our adult members of society. This immaturity is then perpetuated by high divorce rates, and the growing list of distractions from family life, further straining a families ability to parent their children to full maturity.

The Solution for Narcissism Already Exists

Fortunately we have the frame work already in place to start changing this cycle. Our police, community services and legal systems are modelled on a parental family structure, punishment is intended to be remedial where ever possible. I have seen it’s success in remedial parenting. It is really quite simple once a person gets a grasp of it (and the system works as it should). If someone has gotten away with lying, blaming and manipulating others to get their way, they will continue to do the same until someone calls their game, and says, “It’s not going to work this time, we are on to you.” Once they see there is no way out, but that they are safe if they drop the game (which requires a united community effort), it is remarkable how quickly the bad behaviour can change. The community and police need to move beyond the “We can’t take sides in a family disputes” mentality. With a little education it does not take long to learn to deduce who the offender really is. The police need training in this as disputes obviously arise as to who is causing the trouble but this should not deter their response. All criminals blame their victims [NOTE- In the real world, however, you can’t trust that the police are educated in these matters (if you need them) and so really do your homework on how best to approach the authorities (there are some very important points on this in our guide ‘Back from the Looking Glass’) or you might make the situation even worse for yourself. Those sneaky selfish brats are not above lying to the police and you might end up in jail yourself!]

This is a community matter. The current status quo telling victims to leave their abusive partners does not solve the problem and places responsibility for fixing the situation on the victim. This is just what the Narcissist wants, to shift responsibility. If the victim does leave, it means the perpetrator is then free to find another victim, if that can indeed be called freedom!

Perpetrators must be held accountable for their actions by the entire community, while being shown that if they decide to play fair, they will be treated fairly. In their hearts (and yes they do have them) this is what they long for, a parental figure that is smart enough to call their game while showing them that they are safe. A perpetrator only feels so superior because they keep getting away with fooling everyone. Feeling superior in this way is a very terrible, lonely place to be.

My husband Steve is the happiest man I know now. He had two families disintegrate, as he calls it, between the age of 8 and 14. He was also abused by a step father. He is charming and handsome and was captain of the football team, but unfortunately he got away with lying, being irresponsible and blaming it on others for most of his life. If he didn’t have so much charm he wouldn’t have become a narcissist, but that how it works and that is what he became.

The bad old days of his disorder are over for us now however, and helping others save their marriages is the life work together we have chosen. Having been through the domestic abuse cycle ourselves, it is impossible to ignore it around us.

There were many things that helped Steve, but one was his day in court, in his own words (from our guide) Steve explains,

The experience of court was horrible. I realised that I had made a terrible mistake and that the law was there to punish me. The DV officer from the police explained the terms of my AVO, and they were that I was to obey the terms or be thrown in jail. His words were simple and matter of fact,”Prison is a tough place to survive.” That was enough for me, but I did need to be told. Kim was sad the day we went to court, I could see that she was very disappointed that our relationship had come to this, but she kept a brave face and knew she was doing the right thing. This experience I will remember forever, and I cannot ever have my conviction for ‘common assault’ overturned. Society, through a magistrate, was able to make a statement to me that my behaviour was unacceptable. I had crossed a boundary that I obviously had no respect for. S.

I was very fortunate that one of the police officers stationed near my home was well educated in domestic violence issues. He was the head of DV at our station and the closest person I have met to an angel. He is very mild mannered, but knew how to show Steve that the law was on my side and that he was on very shaky ground. I had not fared as well with police that I had called before him, but he gave me valuable advice in dealing with the police and community services better. I was not blameless in all of this, Steve certainly blamed me and I had behaved badly as well. I was very angry and very upset, but I had not been lying and I did not manipulate and deceive Steve to control more of the household resources (including money, time, love and attention) as he was doing to me. This is important to grasp, as it makes it simple to get to the bottom of who is really causing the trouble. Perpetrators always blame their victims, and their victims often believe that it is perhaps their fault. This makes it difficult for the police or anyone else to help, NPD sufferers have a lot of charm and by the time victims call for help they are usually upset to the point where they are far from charming and it is very easy for the perpetrator to turn the situation in their favor. This is a large part of our eBook Back from the Looking Glass, coaching victims in what they need to know and do to build credibility with a support network in the community. This is the key. Learning to ask for help and earn others respect in the process has been one of the most valuable life skills that I have learned.

If you are dealing with narcissism in your home or community I think that you might consider buying our guide before you call on the police! They can help, but you really do need to know how to approach them.

Parent the Perpetrators

Steve and my message to the world now is to ‘parent the perpetrators’. If families continue to disintegrate without being educated about the solution, the problem will continue to get worse. Abuse has ever widening cycles, including its children turning into abusers themselves. Most of the advice that I got when I needed it, was bad advice. I am glad that I didn’t leave ... and entering marriage counselling (as I was often advised to do) with a narcissist is like swimming with a shark and asking nicely for it not to bite you. We have better advice for families - we have been there.

There are things that do work and they need to be taken on by the whole community, for now that unfortunately requires the victim finding and educating their own support network. In time we hope with greater understanding this might change.

This is a problem that together we can solve.

Kim Cooper - Author of “Back from the Looking Glass” Living with the personality disorder that causes domestic and emotional abuse.


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by Kim Cooper author of “Back from the Looking Glass”