Karyl McBride: Narcissistic Mums

Karyl McBride: Narcissistic Mums

If you know your Greek mythology, you probably know the legend of Narcissus. He’s the self-obsessed young fellow who died, gazing at his reflection in a pool of water – So in love was he with his own good looks, that he couldn’t tear himself away.The name has inspired the term Narcissism, used in psychology […]

By Sheridan VoyseyMonday 17 May 2010ParentingReading Time: 1 minute

If you know your Greek mythology, you probably know the legend of Narcissus. He’s the self-obsessed young fellow who died, gazing at his reflection in a pool of water – So in love was he with his own good looks, that he couldn’t tear himself away.

The name has inspired the term Narcissism, used in psychology today to describe a self-absorbed person. And it’s a condition that family therapist Karyl McBride has been studying for nearly 20 years.

Her book, Will I Ever Be Good Enough, focuses specifically on how daughters are affected by narcissistic mothers. It may sound like a narrow field, but it’s got her working pretty much fulltime – she’s even got a radio show dedicated to the topic.

Listen Now – Karyl McBride talks about the Narcissistic mother.