It may be said the three terms which have emerged as prevalent in the world of family law during lockdown are ‘domestic violence’, ‘parental alienation’ and ‘narcissism’. Arguably the third will be relevant to the other two.

The word ‘narcissism’ is becoming increasingly common, but what exactly does it mean?

There are many misconceptions. Many think narcissists are crazed dictators, murderous lunatics, cult leaders or evil villains – people whom the average person is never likely to meet. Many more believe the term ‘narcissism’ to be just a trendy ‘buzzword’ bandied about for conversational effect.

Although Narcissistic Personality Disorder (...

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