Scapegoating in Narcissistic Families
SCAPEGOATING IN NARCISSISTIC FAMILIES is about how children are assigned roles in dysfunctional families where one or both of the parents may have a personality disorder and how this can affect Adult Children of Narcissists.
In families where one or both of the parents have Narcissistic Personality Disorder, it's common for a child who questions the worldview of the Narcissist to be scapegoated and targeted for emotional and sometimes physical about.
One of the distinguishing features of the abuse experienced by the scapegoat child is that they are gaslit by a caregiver who questions their reality. They are also triangulated and smeared by the narcissistic parent(s) among their siblings and other relatives until they submit to the Narcissist's authority.
Scapegoating is bullying of the child within their own family unit therefore the scapegoat child grows up in an environment that is psychologically unsafe. They are often ridiculed and rejected within their own family unit.
The abuse they experience at home conditions them to have a dangerous tolerance for aggressive behaviors which they have been taught to call love. This can erode the ability of someone who was scapegoated in childhood to recognize the coercive and controlling behaviors that lead to domestic violence and narcissistic abuse in their relationships as adults.
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Wakefield, M. Narcissistic Family Dynamics: The Scapegoat: A Conversation with Family Systems Expert R.C. Mandeville, MA, MACP. (version Kindle). 1st ed. Narcissistic Abuse Rehab, 2020.
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