The person with a Narcissistic Personality Disorder regards children as extensions of himself and so are very possessive of them like they are of an arm or leg.
They have no concept of boundaries, which will lead to abuse, including sexual abuse.
They regard their children as pawns in their large game, their grandiose vision of what they are going through. The children are props in their fantasy lives which they use to obtain Narcissistic Supply.
To get Narcissistic Supply from their perfect, brilliant, flawless, they consider children as props in their life story, and idealize their children.
They establish an approach/avoidance cycle, try to coerce them into adulation or admiration; if they fail, then they will withdraw. This will continues on for years, even when the children are in their 30s or older.
The cuteness of children, causes the narcissist rage because they get more attention, and so they feel they are compete with them.
Also, the narcissist considers the children to be bargaining chips. The objective is to use the children, to influence, manipulate, harm the other parent.
All of these issues are contemporaneous in a custody issue with a narcissistist.
With a narcissist reckless behavior and substance abuse is standard.
They feel they will always get away with it, and they do.
They are frequently sexually deviant as well.
A NPD person is a present and imminent danger in the lives of his children, a point which should not be denied by authorities. This insight still has not permeated into the system--police, legal, court, mental health
The conflict between the need to merge, to convert into extension of self, when a dependent source of NS can benefit from that child, to become one with them.
Many men with narcissistic personality disorder have many of the traits of co-dependence, react badly to changes in status quo.
At the same time, envies the children, particularly if they become more accomplished, more beautiful (if NPD is mom).
The NPD is destructive, seeks to eliminate the source of frustration, which is the child, but also seeks to merge, so this cannot be resolved in a rational way.
They will use Control Mechanisms: I sacrificed my life for you, I need you; I cannot cope without you; we have a common goal, parent and child we need to work for this together; classical psychosis, emotional incest, cultish setting, children are members. you and I are united against the whole world, or against the monster mother.
The narcissist treats his children as objects and attempts to maintain total control over them.
He states to his kids, "You (my children) are my true passion. If you don't obey my commands, I will punish you."
NO tv if 7.
I will disinherit you if 50.
This is how an individual with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) attempts to resolve the seathing destructive dependence he feels in connection to the children with his need to merge with them.
He will commit abuse by proxy in custody battles, with the "proxy" being the children
He will attempt to get the children to aid and abet this abusive conduct.
Why do I say "he"? 75% of NPD are men, 25% of women. So the majority of people with NPD are men.
NPD within custody battle or divorce proceedings presents real problems. Most abused mothers have a tough line to draw: they don't want to be accused of PAS by telling to truth, so they end up pretending everything is OK, but, of course, that doesn't work either.
Children have the right to know; parents should say what is going on.
You don't cover up
You say, "Abusive conduct is wrong."
Children should be taught the warning signs of abuse: verbal, sexual, physical.
Children should learn to use the word "no". Say no to drugs, say no to abuse.
The imposition of joint custody is a problem when there is abuse because it will never work.
There are various kinds of abusive parents, and each kind requires a different strategy. They are as follows:
1. erotomaniacs: stalker who believes he is in love with you and that you are in love with him, ignore with that person. He often has ideas of reference which feed into his delusions.
2. narcissistic: Feels like he can demand your love and attention, reacts with rage and vindictiveness whenever you say "no". The best approach is to ignore, give no further contact. Indicate that this is not personal, but a part of the process of ending the relationship, be firm, don't send mixed signals. Ultimately these men are cowards, bluster notwithstanding, and they are easily intimidated. They are not very emotionally attached. They don't love you or the children, because they lack the foundation for experiencing that emotion. They will move on with ease.
3. paranoid: lives in an inaccessible world of his own making. They love being threatened. Keep as much distance between yourself and that kind of ex as possible. Don't inform ex of new address and life. will look for you, be suspicious and resentful of your freedom. Must have a safety plan.
All of these three types are interrelated and one can end up being interchangeable with the other.
Stalking is very intensive during custody battles and divorce.
Narcissists terrorize, intimidate, breach boundaries, gaslight you, create an atmosphere of anxiety and fear in order to gain advantage in the court battle.
In response, you need to ignore your gut reactions, do not do it, do not strike back. Instead use the law, use all available option, jail, visits from police, and restraining orders.
Don't try to buy peace by appeasing the abuser; submission or attempts to reason give him more information which he can use to abuse
Narcissistic and psychopaths have cold empathy, calculating, leverage cold empathy in order to invade your boundaries. He will use everything you say to support his illusions and psychopathic fantasies.
NPD people believe all failures are from the abusive hostile world; they vengeful, seathing, ruthless, sadistic, calculating machine
threats are useless--just be determined. Only meet the psychopath is public places
The system favors glib narcissist: NPDs are cool, calculated, reasoned, willing to compromise, she is crazy, she is rigid
To expose the narcissist in court, you belittling the narcissist, undercut him, expose him as weak, average, weak, mediocre, hinting or outright belittling, will get narcissist in full view.
Keep in mind, you will have abuse in your life for a long time, so be prepared.
The system, people in the mental health professions, are simply not informed of the serious, pernicious nature of individuals with NPD. System not prepared to cope with these people. Hopefully, our work will be part of the movement to get people informed.