Weaponised incompetence
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by Courage Coaching
1w ago
Weaponized incompetence is a form of passive-aggressive behavior where an individual deliberately performs tasks poorly or pretends to be incapable of completing certain tasks. This manipulation tactic is often used to avoid responsibility, forcing others to take over. It doesn’t always come from a bad place because it can stem from a lack of confidence or self-esteem. They may genuinely believe that they’re unable to perform a certain action or task. When it comes to narcissists however, the intent is much more malicious. It is much more calculated and intentional. Feel free to watch my ..read more
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The spotlight effect – A result of narcissistic parenting
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by Courage Coaching
2w ago
If you hate being the center of attention and constantly worry about what people are saying about you, then you may have what is known as the spotlight effect, a term coined by social psychologists. The spotlight effect is a cognitive bias and it refers to the tendency to overestimate how much other people notice about us. If you have social anxiety, then you most likely also struggle with the spotlight effect. The spotlight effect can be detrimental to living your life fully, as it holds you back from allowing yourself to be ‘seen’ by others. Watch the video to find out more and please feel ..read more
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Self Sabotage-A result of childhood narcissistic abuse
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by Courage Coaching
2w ago
Self-sabotage isn’t something we are necessarily aware of yet it can create havoc in our lives and it can stop us from reaching our full potential. When we have grown up in an environment where there was constant chaos and drama and where our parents shamed us and criticised the majority of the time, it will feel more familiar to us to continue this dynamic in adulthood. We may lead equally chaotic lives with dysfunctional relationships and poor choices. If we were constantly given the message that we weren’t smart enough, strong enough, attractive enough and in more general terms good enough ..read more
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One sided friendships
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by Courage Coaching
1M ago
A one-sided friendship is a relationship where one person puts in all the effort, while the other person contributes very little. In this type of friendship, one person is always there for the other, but the same level of support and effort is not reciprocated. One-sided friendships seem to be common for those of us who have experienced childhood abuse or neglect. One-sided friendships seem to resemble the unhealthy dynamic we grew up in with an emotionally immature parent. In this dynamic we were constantly ‘giving’ and looking after the parent, hoping for some care and attention in return ..read more
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The ignoring narcissistic mother
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by Courage Coaching
1M ago
There are many different types of narcissistic mothers and some show a combination of behaviours. You may notice one mother who is overbearing and controlling and another who is extremely self-centred and ignoring towards her child. Some mothers can actually flip between overbearing and ignoring. In this video, I explore the narcissistic mother who ignores her children. Being ignored by a mother feels very painful to the child. These ignoring behaviours create deep emotional gaps in a child’s life that can go undetected for years. Watch the video to find out more and feel free to check out mo ..read more
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Echoism – A result of narcissistic abuse
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by Courage Coaching
2M ago
Have you heard of echoism? Echoism isn’t commonly talked about but is very real and a lot of individuals who have suffered narcissistic abuse in childhood actually live with it. Echoism is very common with individuals who live with Avoidant Personality Disorder or who have many avoidant traits. Echoists find it extremely uncomfortable being the centre of attention. Watch the video to find out more. Love Athina ..read more
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Heart & Art Therapy
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by Courage Coaching
2M ago
In this post, I would very much like to bring your attention to a talented Art Psychotherapist’s website. Christina Moschaki is a wonderful art therapist based in Greece and has a gentle, empathetic and validating approach towards her clients and their experiences. She provides individual Art Therapy, group Art Therapy and online Art Therapy for those of you not residing in Greece. Her website is very insightful and you can explore a lot more about her wonderful art therapy work by clicking on this link: https://heartandarttherapy.com/en/ I benefited greatly from attending Christina’s group A ..read more
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The only way to face your trauma is to work through it
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by Courage Coaching
2M ago
Facing your trauma in the initial stages of awareness, may feel incredibly uncomfortable and daunting. Even admitting to yourself that you suffered abuse or trauma in your childhood, can feel very scary and soul crushing at first. If you do reach that point however, please know that you are doing the right thing no matter how uncomfortable. The only way to heal emotional pain is by acknowledging it, feeling it and grieving it. There may be people out there that make big promises of how to heal quickly and offer quick fixes for alleviating your suffering, but please know that these quick fixes ..read more
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Carrying your parents’ shame
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by Courage Coaching
2M ago
Growing up in abuse means that you may have carried feelings of shame for the way you witnessed your parents acting or treating others. Growing up in a dysfunctional family may mean that you witnessed your parents use, manipulate and control other people, just to get certain needs met. The people that these things were done to, were people that you genuinely liked and couldn’t believe had been treated in such a selfish and immoral way. Growing up in a dysfunctional family, where one or both your parents had NPD, you will most likely have witnessed aggressive behaviour, socially inappropriate ..read more
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How covert narcissistic mothers create shame
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by Courage Coaching
2M ago
In this video, I discuss how narcissistic mothers and particularly covert narcissistic mothers create shame in their children. Sadly these feelings of shame, follow these children into adulthood and contribute to the trauma these individuals live with. Watch the video to find out more. Love Athina ..read more
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