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Women in Love With Psychopaths

Women in Love With Psychopaths

HealthyPlace has the largest narcissism site on the internet: Malignant Self-Love: Narcissism Revisited. Thousands of people visit every month.

I mention this because we are constantly flooded with emails from victims of narcissists, mostly women, who are emotionally beat up and mentally dragged down after being in a relationship with a narcissist.  While reading through these emails, I’ve often wondered what attracted these women to men with Narcissistic Personality Disorder and led  them to stay; even at huge emotional and financial costs.  Those who were lucky enough to escape are still reeling, trying to delve through the aftermath.

The Big 3: Narcissists, Sociopaths, Psychopaths

For answers to “why?,” we are turning to this week’s guest, Sandra Brown, MA. She is an expert on psychopathic, pathological relationships – having trained under others, done research, written books, and now training other professionals and working with victims of narcissists, sociopaths and psychopaths.  Ms. Brown also has extremely intimate knowledge of personality disorders and individuals with extreme psychopathy. Her family life was riddled with these types who emotionally and physically traumatized young Sandra.

We’ll be discussing the personal “red flags” we all have, why we fail to recognize them and how not to ignore yours so you don’t fall victim to one of these “often charming, successful” personalities. And if you think, “I’m too smart, clever, strong, educated to fall victim,” Ms. Brown says more than 60 million people are negatively harmed by someone else’s extreme pathological disorders. “Never before studied or traits identified, these unusually strong and normal women become prey for the drive of the pathological,” says Ms. Brown.

(You can watch our interview with Sandra Brown on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show. The show is titled “Women in Love with Psychopaths.”)

About Sandra Brown, MA:

Sandra L. Brown, M.A., CEO of The Institute for Relational Harm Reduction & Public Psychopathy Education is a psychopathologist, program development specialist, lecturer, and an award-winning author. Her books include Women Who Love Psychopaths, as well as How to Spot a Dangerous Man Before You Get Involved, and Counseling Victims of Violence: A Handbook for Helping Professionals.

Share Your Experiences on Being in Love with a Psychopath

What is like being in a relationship or in love with a psychopath, sociopath or narcissist? Were you able to get out and at what cost? We invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights on the issue. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

We also did a chat interview on a similar subject: The Damage Caused by Sexual Abuse and why women who were victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence continually fall victim to these predators.

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Ideal Body Weight: What Does it Mean?

Ideal Body Weight: What Does it Mean?

It sounds like a reasonable question: “What is your ideal body weight?” But beware: this is a technical term that is often confused for what it sounds like: an aesthetic ideal.

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Price of Being Bipolar in Public

Price of Being Bipolar in Public

Here I am. Writing. In public. About being crazy.

Here I am. Being crazy. In public. Under scrutiny.

I’ve been writing about being bipolar for seven years now, in a very closed, anonymous environment. People didn’t know my name, or see my face. By design. Anonymity has a way of allowing the truth to flourish.

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A New Beginning

A New Beginning

It’s time to say goodbye. School starts June 1st. It’s nearly here. I can’t believe it. I’m both excited and nervous. Will I be able to keep up? It’s due to this nervousness that I’ve decided that I’m going to leave the blogging world.

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About Natasha Tracy, Author of 'Breaking Bipolar' Blog

About Natasha Tracy, Author of 'Breaking Bipolar' Blog

Hi, I’m Natasha Tracy, a 30-something writer living on an island in the Pacific Northwest and the author of the Bipolar Burble. I have leapt from planes, helicopters and cliffs trusting nothing but nylon and canvas to save my life. I have worked for many tech companies including the biggest boy on the block. I have visited twelve different countries, have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and I think a law should be passed preventing Apple from naming anything else beginning with the letter “i.”

And I have bipolar disorder.

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About Natasha Tracy, Author of Breaking Bipolar Blog

About Natasha Tracy, Author of Breaking Bipolar Blog

Hi, I’m Natasha Tracy, a 30-something writer living on an island in the Pacific Northwest and the author of the Bipolar Burble. I have leapt from planes, helicopters and cliffs trusting nothing but nylon and canvas to save my life. I have worked for many tech companies including the biggest boy on the block. I have visited twelve different countries, have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and I think a law should be passed preventing Apple from naming anything else beginning with the letter “i.”

And I have bipolar disorder.

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Risk Your Significance and Live a Full Life

Risk Your Significance and Live a Full Life

I came across a really cool quote a few weeks back,

“I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.”
-Dawna Markova

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3 Ways For ADHD Dads to Earn Respect From Their Teens

How do you maintain parental authority when your frazzled mind makes you look like a parental chump? Teenagers constantly test the bounds of your authority whether you have ADHD or not. Still, with a brain filled with cotton candy where gray matter should be, the ADHD parent has some unique challenges. Here are some tricks I use to keep a good rapport with my kids and preserve the illusion of authority.

3 Ways For ADHD Dads to Earn Respect From Their Teens

How do you maintain parental authority when your frazzled ADHD mind makes you look like a parental chump? Teenagers constantly test the bounds of your authority whether you have ADHD or not. Still, with a brain filled with cotton candy where gray matter should be, the ADHD parent has some unique challenges. Here are some tricks I use to keep a good rapport with my kids and preserve the illusion of authority.

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I Will Be Victorious, Bipolar!

I Will Be Victorious, Bipolar!

Bipolar Disorder can kick you to the curb. It can be demanding and dominating, but I will not give in. I will continue my fight and I will be victorious. Nothing will stand in my way. Not even myself.

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Drug Treatments for Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder

Drug Treatments for Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder

We have drugs for everything now, right? Too hot, too weak, too sad, too hyper – there’s a pill. Not enough hormones, low insulin, can’t breathe – the doctor has a script for you. But what about anorexia? Bulimia? Binge Eating Disorder?

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