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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (246 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nina W. Brown Narrator: Lisa Reneé Pitts Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781452674261
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Being a parent is usually all about giving of yourself to foster your child's growth and development. But what happens when this isn't the case? Some parents dismiss the needs of their children, asserting their own instead, demanding attention and reassurance from even very young children. This may especially be the case when a parent has narcissistic tendencies or narcissistic personality disorder. From the author of Working with the Self-Absorbed and Loving the Self-Absorbed, this major revision of a self-help classic offers a step-by-step approach to resolving conflict and building a meaningful relationship with a narcissistic parent. The second edition of Children of the Self-Absorbed offers clear definitions of narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder to help you identify the extent of your parent's problem. You'll learn the different types of destructive narcissism and how to recognize their effects on relationships. With the aid of proven techniques, you'll discover that you're not helpless against your parent's behavior and that you needn't consider giving up on the relationship. Instead, realistic strategies and steps are suggested for learning to set mutually agreed upon behaviors that can help you fulfull your needs and expectations. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/13/2014

    " Even if your parents aren't certified narcissistic, this book is a great dose of reality for anyone whose parents are or were overbearing and tough to handle. It's a nice piece of advice and guidance about ushering your parents into "retirement" from parenting you and monitoring your life's happenings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 1/26/2014

    " Ahh the things we read for CEU credit. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 1/16/2014

    " A really well written, and helpful book on a topic I didn't even know existed until I picked it up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan B | 1/15/2014

    " Recommended by a psychiatrist friend. Helped me understand myself and how I relate and/or don't relate to others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warrior4 | 12/30/2013

    " I read this to better understand my stepchildren's dealings with their mother who is a narcissist. It was very interesting. I think my stepchildren could get much more out of this book than I could. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Yaklin | 12/29/2013

    " I used this for character research. Very enlightening "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 12/19/2013

    " There's a lot of good information here, organized for the A.D.H.D. folks (bonus). Worth your time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 12/11/2013

    " Redefines the popular definition of narcissism, which is helpful to understanding people who exhibit this behavior. After reading I was much more able to recognize destructive behavior in order to avoid it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 12/7/2013

    " A book that changed my life in my forties. What more can I say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jette Stuart | 8/2/2013

    " This book is excellent. It teaches you how to deal with difficult people, and quite simply reinforces the "no contact" rule. Save yourself, and your sanity-read this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 7/27/2013

    " I am so glad to be done with this book. Some of the exercises were pretty good but mostly it just felt like busy work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginny Phillips | 6/30/2013

    " This book changed my life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 6/21/2013

    " Great Book, helped me alot in life:) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 12/30/2012

    " First half was alright, after that it digressed into a how-to fix-it book, which is denigrating to the depth of insight required to heal from narcissistic parenting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Kruse | 10/30/2012

    " This is a must read for children with narcissistic parents. It walks the reader through, step by step, real life issues of adult children of NP with helpful exercises and insights to NPD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendi | 10/10/2012

    " I didn't really learn anything new reading this book. It is a good read for anyone just starting out to explore this topic. I can see where it can be really helpful with someone struggling to change their life and have effective relationships with people who act in selfish ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivory | 8/11/2012

    " If you grew up in this kind of situation, this book will blow your mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 6/24/2012

    " a lot of this is common sense and I know already, the great thing is it tells you how you might have some of the same qualities or could be going that way and what reactionary behaviors can be and how that effects you and how to deal with these types of people. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 5/20/2012

    " Just an okay book - may be helpful for some . I didn't find much in it for myself . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 2/18/2012

    " This book was very insightful and helpful in understanding the unsolvable puzzle that is my father. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/13/2011

    " Mostly skimmed through the book, doing only some of the exercises. Thought it was interesting seeing myself and my family in it. It's a good support for when you're finding it difficult to deal with a narcissistic person. I'll probably pass it on in the family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Wallace | 7/8/2011

    " On your quest through life, you may find that you need a book like this. If you do, start with this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danny McCaffrey | 6/30/2011

    " I bought this for a former friend, but found the insight useful myself. If you are the child of mental abuse, or the victim of one, this can be useful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sky | 6/13/2011

    " I found this book right on target. It was a bit too
    broad to really solve any issues, but still gave
    useful pointers. Like the beginning of a trailhead.

    I feel like I could read it in a year and get something
    new out of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/28/2010

    " Mostly skimmed through the book, doing only some of the exercises. Thought it was interesting seeing myself and my family in it. It's a good support for when you're finding it difficult to deal with a narcissistic person. I'll probably pass it on in the family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warrior4 | 2/19/2010

    " I read this to better understand my stepchildren's dealings with their mother who is a narcissist. It was very interesting. I think my stepchildren could get much more out of this book than I could.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 2/1/2010

    " I am so glad to be done with this book. Some of the exercises were pretty good but mostly it just felt like busy work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 9/18/2009

    " A really well written, and helpful book on a topic I didn't even know existed until I picked it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 7/31/2009

    " I used this for character research. Very enlightening "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 3/1/2009

    " Recommended by a psychiatrist friend. Helped me understand myself and how I relate and/or don't relate to others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 11/7/2008

    " This book was very insightful and helpful in understanding the unsolvable puzzle that is my father. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 5/1/2008

    " Just an okay book - may be helpful for some . I didn't find much in it for myself . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 3/3/2008

    " A book that changed my life in my forties. What more can I say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/15/2008

    " On your quest through life, you may find that you need a book like this. If you do, start with this one. "

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About the Author

Nina W. Brown, EdD, LPC, is a professor and eminent scholar in the Educational Leadership and Counseling Department at Old Dominion University. An expert on narcissism’s effects on relationships, she is the author of seventeen books, including Children of the Self-Absorbed, Working with the Self-Absorbed, and Whose Life Is It Anyway?

About the Narrator

Lisa Reneé Pitts is an accomplished actress in theater, film, and television, appearing in The Practice, The Shield, and Law & Order. A native New Yorker, she holds a BFA in theater arts from Rutgers University and resides in Burbank, California.