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Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers

 

 

The mother / daughter relationship is generally considered to be one of the strongest and most nurturing bonds there is.  However growing up as the daughter of a narcissistic mother, you did not feel that. You've experienced a relationship filled with turmoil and confusion.  Or maybe you did not even realize until recently, as grown woman, that your relationship with your mom is unhealthy - you thought you were just super close this whole time.  Many times, the realization around having a "messed up" dynamic with mom comes when the daughter is pregnant or has recently had their first child.

 

The mother-daughter relationship shapes your sense of self, impacts your other relationships, self-esteem, and overall well-being. This continues into adulthood. Most daughters of narcissistic mothers have experienced much of the following:

The relationship is a constant emotional rollercoaster:

Narcissistic mothers tend to prioritize their own needs, seeking validation and admiration from their children. As a result, your mom's emotional support may have been inconsistent and unpredictable, with love and affection often being used as tools for manipulation and control. Growing up in such an environment can lead to confusion, anxiety, and an ongoing fear of abandonment.

​Diminished self worth:

Narcissistic mothers often belittle their daughters, undermining their self-worth and instilling a deep sense of 'not being good enough.' Maybe your mom excessively criticized your appearance, achievements, or choices. Sometimes this is done through subtle comparissons, where someone from the outside would never know or see why what she said was hurtful. You may struggle with feelings of guilt, shame, or the constant need to seek approval from others to validate your worth.

​Struggles with boundaries and independence:

Narcissistic mothers struggle with recognizing their daughters' boundaries and often infringe upon their personal space and autonomy. Your mom may have acted as a control freak, manipulating (or trying to manipulate) your choices, friendships, or even career path.  Most daughters of narcissitic moms struggle greatly with establishing healthy boundaries and developing a strong sense of independence. It is common to have tons of difficulty making decisions. You may experience feelings of guilt when you express your own needs and desires.

Role Reversal:

In some cases, daughters of narcissistic mothers are forced into the parent role, becoming the emotional caretakers and confidantes of their mothers. If this is you, you may feel responsible for your mom's happiness, and constantly try to meet her needs or validate her feelings, at the expense of your own. This dynamic stifles the development of a healthy identity and delays personal growth.  You most likely struggle to put yourself and your own needs / goals first.

​Impaired Relationships

The effects of being a daughter of a narcissistic mother often leads to difficulties in forming healthy relationships. You may struggle with trust or fear of intimacy.  You may be someone who avoids getting into close relationships or someone who seems to attract narcisissts into your life.  You may find it terrifying to be vulnerable or let your guard down enough to form a true, deep connection. This is because any vulnerablilty in the past has been used against you. Your view of what a loving relationship is may be warped.

Ask me about our Daughters of Narcissistic Moms support group forming now, meeting fall 2023!

 

 

I can help you move foward and recover from the effects of being raised by a narcisstic mom through:

 

  • Helping you recognize and validate your experiences and emotions.

  • Helping you learn to set and enforce healthy boundaries in your relationships.

  • Prioritizing your own needs and well-being.

  • Assisting you on your path to deeper connections with trusted supports and friends

  • Assist you in finding ways to cultivate self-love/self-care - help you figure out and engage in activities that bring you joy, and allow you to celebrate your strengths and accomplishments.

  • Work with you to break the cycle through awareness of unhealthy relationship patterns and consciously creating healthy and balanced connections moving forward.

  • Join a facilitated support group where you can connect with others who are working through the same feelings and similar experiences.

Healing as a Daughter of a Narcissistic Mother
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