Are toxic parents actually narcissistic? ?

are toxic parents and narcissistic parents the same thing?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    Not at all.  Check out the DSM criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

    People use the term whenever they don't like what someone is doing, and it is grossly misused and misapplied.

    And NOT a good label even when it does fit, because NPD is NOT considered fixable/curable.

    People who are toxic are tormented inside, unable to face or work out their pain, so they repress their pain, but the tension that builds up needs to burst out .. and that is what creates their toxic behaviors.

    On the other hand NDP uses arrogance and self-image as their defense against pain.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Not always but I have a sister who is a narcissist and she’s toxic.  

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    No.  Just for starters, narcissism is a medical diagnosis.  Toxic is not.

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