People with borderline or narcissistic personality disorders have a serious mental illness that primarily affects their intimate, personal, and family relationships. Often they appear to be normally functioning at work and in public interactions, and narcissists may even be highly effective, in the short term, in some work or social situations. However, in intimate relationships, they can be emotional, aggressive, demeaning, illogical, paranoid, accusing, and controlling - in the extreme. Their ability to function normally or pleasantly can suddenly change in an instant, like flipping a switch. These negative behaviors don't happen once in a while; they happen almost continuously in their intimate relationships - most often and especially with their caretaker family member. Here, Margalis Fjelstad describes how people get into a caretaker role with a borderline or narcissist, and how they can get out.
Caretakers give up their sense of self to become who and what the borderline or narcissist needs them to be. This compromises the caretaker's self-esteem, distorts their thinking processes, and locks them into a victim-persecutor-rescuer pattern with the borderline or narcissist. The book looks at the underlying rules and expectations in these relationships and shows caretakers how to move themselves out of these rigid interactions and into a healthier, more productive, and positive lifestyle - with or without the borderline/narcissistic partner or family member. It describes how to get out of destructive interactions with the borderline or narcissist and how to take new, more effective actions to focus on personal wants, needs, and life goals while allowing the borderline or narcissist to take care of themselves. It presents a realistic, yet compassionate, attitude toward the self-destructive nature of these relationships, and gives real-life examples of how individuals have let go of their caretaker behaviors with creative and effective solutions.
©2014 Margalis Fjelstad (P)2016 Audiobooks.com Publishing
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I've read eggshells, the essential family guide, and I hate you don't leave me. I've joined a WTO group and have read as many articles on BPD/NPD as I can get my hands on. Just trying to make sense of the chaos my world has become since this person came into my life, and finally, I found a book that made me feel like I can finally get my life back. I can be a happy, relaxed confidently sane human being again. It is possible.
"Great book easily understood"
This book was very informative. The narrator was excellent I would read another book if she was doing the reading. Overall it was well done.
"Excellent support for a serial caretaker"
I definitely recommend this book for anyone who is struggling in their relationships. I have been studying the narcissist/borderline personality disorders for a year now. I like this book because the author understands the complexity and nuances of the disorders, as well as the effect they have on others. The author also addresses the role and dysfunctional thinking of the caregiver and offers many suggestions to move toward healthier life. What I find especially helpful is her supportive attitude. This is not my first book on the issue, but by far my favorite one.
I particularly liked chapter 12, which introduces the Yale communication method.
As the daughter of a borderline/narcissist, I wish I had read this book 15 years ago.
yes, I can listen anywhere.
It helped me see myself and those relationships that I have struggled with in a new light and offered how to improve them both.
Felt like I was completely understood, and explained why my relationships have been so draining
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