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.
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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.