If you are wondering if you are a narcissist, here’s a simple test put forward by Scott Barry Kaufman, Writer and Psychologist:
Step 1: Take a moment to think about yourself. Step 2: If you made it to Step 2, you are not a narcissist.
Narcissism is a personality disorder (Narcissistic Personality Disorder — NPD) that has the following features — a sense of grandiosity, need for attention/admiration, lack of empathy and having superficial relationships with others. All of us have a degree of narcissism at times but NPD is a much more significant issue and often accompanies other psychiatric disorders. It is also hard to treat as most people with NPD see no need to change.
Here are 8 symptoms of narcissism:
If you have these traits or are in a relationship with someone who does, there are resources online, books, and counselling available to help you navigate the challenges brought on by narcissism. FYI, sometimes a narcissist will try to manipulate their partner/loved one into believing that they are the narcissist, or the selfish, self-absorbed one in the relationship. This is part of the manipulation that is seen in relationships and how they become exploitative. This is a form of emotional abuse we call crazy-making. It attempts to make a person doubt their own view of reality and can be very distressing.
After months of dealing with a global pandemic and navigating these uncertain times, many people are just ‘done!’ COVID-19 and the economic hit that has followed, is effecting us in ways that most of us never imagined. The clients that we’ve been seeing are having heightened stress reactions, increased anxiety and depression, and reactivated trauma…Continue reading →
I decided it’s time to feature our therapists and give you a little more information about our staff, starting with Heidi Marchand. Heidi is a Registered Psychologist who has been working with us now for several years at our South Edmonton location. Heidi Marchand graduated from Gonzaga College in 2001 and has been working actively…Continue reading →
It was the last day of December that we closed on the purchase of the new and growing home for Fresh Hope Counselling Ltd.! We are so excited to have a larger, more efficient layout for Fresh Hope Counselling to grow into for our West End Office. Our new location is more accessible by transit…Continue reading →
If you are literally anywhere in the world right now you are probably aware of the COVID-19 pandemic. In speaking with clients, we are seeing an increase in stress, anxiety, suicidal ideology (thinking) and depression. The reasons include: the amount of uncertainty, the health implications/fears of the COVID-19 virus, the economic fallout from businesses being…Continue reading →
In the midst of a global pandemic, we certainly could benefit from having hope! I am not going to focus on COVID-19 as you can find numerous resources online about that. Instead, I want to look at hope — the very thing that can help us navigate this unprecedented challenge. As I was thinking about…Continue reading →
With all that is going on in this world around us, hope is a necessity! The wisdom writer Solomon said “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Hope is a powerful force and being without it damages our entire being. Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines hope as “desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment.” It…Continue reading →