Why does a narcissist have children?
Narcissists like to repackage their inner shame as a false dream, not only to fake the future to those around them, also faking the future within themselves.
They have children for several reasons and none of which are for the best interest of the child.
A narcissist often wants a child as they are relying on you wanting that happy ever after, wanting you to keep the family unit together. Male or female narcissists believe they can keep you hooked longer if you have a child together, a narcissist also thinks they have a higher chance of the hoover ( trying to get back together with you, after you’ve left, or they left you.)
With a male narcissist, when the female is pregnant most can not handle it, because the narcissist is no longer the priority, they are no longer getting all the attention. Everyone is now running around after the female, which causes considerable criticism to the narcissist so a lot will up and leave during the actual pregnancy, often returning after the child is born, but not always. Did you hear the phrase?
“You are my capsule.”
“I’ve chosen you to have my child.”
Some narcissists will pretend to look after the female when pregnant, either because the pregnancy falls in the idealisation stage, and the narcissist wants to play hero, or there are the ones that are protecting their interest, which is the child. These narcissists will often be the ones who wish to win full custody of the child when the relationship breaks down but not always.
The female narcissist uses having children for similar reasons, to trap the male to them and always have a pawn to use to draw the male back to them.
Having a child in the narcissist’s mind is just increasing the chance of winning the game of chess with the child as a pawn and the narcissist as King or Queen. Also, if the narcissist is struggling for a new intimate partner, they know they can pick the child up to use and gain positive or negative attention from. Then when the narcissist meets a new partner, they often, yet not always, ignore the child. Sometimes they will use children to meet partners. Some narcissists will use the child to play the look at me, i’m a great parent, let’s have a child together card.
Having a child to a narcissist is a.
1. An illusion to serve themselves.
2. A feel-good story about themselves.
3. Painting themselves into victim mode, when the other parent will not let them see the child or, hero mode as they saved the child from the supposed ’crazy parent.’
4. Creates, for a short time, a distance of brokenness within themselves, this can not last for them as they can not heal their inner selves.
The narcissist that purposely wants to have children does not have a child, to make the child feel loved, safe or cherished. It’s always about the narcissist meeting their own needs.
So they can re-package their own shame and possibly their personal childhood trauma, which they are usually oblivious to. The narcissist lives in a fantasy that never becomes a long-lasting reality, to the narcissist they themselves are the best and most important person.
When they think about having a child, it’s all about an illusion to serve themselves. They can make up a story to themselves why they are such a good parent. Some can and will act to outsiders like they are a great parent and will tell anyone who’ll listen that they are. Having a child for a narcissist, allows them to experience artificial love, attention and validation, as the narcissist is fundament broken.
Having a child that behaves for the narcissist and hangs on the narcissists every word, the narcissist sees that child as an extension of themselves, often creating the golden child, the golden child mostly acts how the narcissistic parent wants.
Children who go against the narcissist will be blamed for ruining the narcissist’s dream life this usually creates the scapegoat child.
The narcissistic parent cannot be unconditional, empathetic or loving to their child. The narcissist can not genuinely care for the child, only act like they do, when it meets a need of their own.
The narcissist simply tells themselves a story that makes them feel important.
The narcissist feels powerful like a god for creating life.
The vindictive narcissistic parent.
Usually, because of the judgment they had as a child of being a trouble maker, they felt like they were the disappointment to their own parents, so they can now show everyone how wrong they were about them because they are a perfect parent. They will pour attention into the child to prove everyone wrong; however, this is usually when people are watching, it’s not about the child it never is. The narcissist is meeting their own needs, all so the narcissist can show the world look at me now I’m a top parent. Yet when no one is looking, they often ignore their own child.
They think a child will heal them, from the pain of their own childhood.
They think having a child will show the world how perfect they are. They feel they are superior and a better parent than those around them.
They have a child, so someone finally needs them, the narcissist believes a child will love them and always take care of them.
They get a chance to be the parent they never had.
The opposite narcissistic parent.
“My parents never took me to dance or football.” You may have heard that pity pay from a narcissist. They will overcompensate and push their own childhood dreams onto their child, not taking into account the child wants, needs or wishes.
Not every parent who wants to take their children to activities is a narcissist, and most do it out of love for the child to discover what the child likes to do.
The narcissist sees the child as an extension of themselves, and they now feel powerful and immortal through the child. To the narcissist, a child will carry on the family legacy. For men, the child will carry the family name on.
What can happen to children of a narcissist?
Children adapt themselves to fit the narcissist’s needs.
A child being abused by their parent often doesn’t stop loving their parent; they stop loving themselves.
The child adapts to the narcissist to get love. The child will either try to fill the role of whatever the narcissist wants from the child, at any given moment to get CONDITIONAL love from their parents. The golden child will often do all they can to please their parent, or a child will go against the narcissist, the scapegoat child. The narcissist classes the scapegoat child as a bad child.
Both the scapegoat and golden child receive manipulation, and both can experience attachment trauma.
The narcissist will not care for the golden child, yet they will treat the child better than the scapegoat, the child that makes the narcissist look good by conforming to the narcissist’s demands. That child who often obeys also feels responsible for making their parents happy. They will learn tricks of the parent to keep the parent looking happy, and they will never take the spotlight away from the parent. A child of a narcissist can be used as the Golden Child, the scapegoat child or the forgotten child, depending on the needs of the narcissist at any given time, a narcissist can also cycle around all three with one child.
Narcissist parents traits can cause attachment trauma within the child.
Narcissist traits – a child’s trauma.
Grandiosity – The child feels like no matter what they do, they don’t measure up to the parent’s expectations.
Preoccupied with themselves – The child feels unworthy, feels like they have to earn love.
Entitlement – The child feels unimportant.
Believe they are special – The child feels like a trophy.
Requires excessive attention, Selfishness – The child is neglected; the child’s needs are ignored.
Lack of empathy – The child feels miss understood
Envy/ highly competitive – The child never feels good enough.
Manipulation – The child walks on eggshells.
Arrogance – The child feels confused around the parent.
There is also the narcissistic parent that can not handle the child’s competition and walks away, often coming back when they feel the child will fill a need. To others, they will always blame the other ‘ crazy parent ‘ for not allowing access.
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