narcissistic parent

(Un)Tangled: 5 Traits of Adult Children of Narcissists

In a recent blog post, we explored how Disney’s Tangled portrays a narcissistic parent, Mother Gothel. In this post, we will take a closer look at this relationship from another angle: 5 common traits of adult children of narcissists – AKA, Rapunzel. For some of you this will probably feel very familiar, and maybe not in a pleasant…

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Mother Knows Best? Narcissism in Disney’s “Tangled”

Mother Knows Best? 5 Traits of Narcissistic Parents Q: What does a narcissistic parent look like? A: Mother Gothel in Disney’s Tangled. In this re-telling of the classic Rapunzel story, Mother Gothel is a narcissistic, emotionally abusive sorceress who abducts the infant Rapunzel from her crib. Mother Gothel raises Rapunzel as her own, isolating her…

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A Time to Mourn (A Little More)

Last week, I wrote about grief, loss, and mourning to honor hopes that go unfulfilled. Today, I will return to the conversation to speak more deeply to the complicated, ambiguous losses of past and future relationships. In the therapy world, we sometimes talk about something called “complicated grief,”. Or grief that exceeds the usual length,…

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