Once you’ve identified that your everyday psycho is either a narcissist, sociopath or psychopath, you’ll probably wonder how they ended up that way. Or were they just born crazy? More often than not, they have a bit of in-born tendency that’s activated by a traumatic childhood.
Then, if they enjoy how we, as society, reward and reinforce their narcissism, they’ll see how being a psycho is a great survival mechanism and continue to do it.
The key concept is the development of the ‘false self’. It’s a superhero version of themselves that gets them through traumatic times. Problem is, they’re always in a state of trauma and emergency. So watch out. You don’t want to get in the crosshairs of their survival-based life choices.
We’ve made it past the holidays, but surviving their presence during Christmas or in everyday life actually doesn’t change much. Here’s our past guide: How to Survive the Holidays with Toxic Guests.
Find a great book on narcissistic abuse here.