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Custody Battles with Narcissists and Borderlines: Obsessed with Diet and Poop

9325266 - portrait of a baby girl - potty trainingBitterness, resentment and anger are mainstays in divorce and custody cases, even in cases that don’t involve one or two narcissists, borderlines or psychopaths. When a personality disordered parent is involved, the damage to children and the targeted parent, or target of blame for the high-conflict, disordered parent, can be incalculable.

I’ve been operating Shrink4Men and working with clients embroiled in high-conflict divorce for almost a decade. During that time, I’ve noticed some things. There are uncannily similar patterns and  markers among the men and women I’ve worked with in terms of their relationships with abusive partners and their break-ups and divorces.

You won’t find these phenomena in the DSM-V or most other clinical descriptions of narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, dependent personality disorder or antisocial personality disorder (sociopaths and psychopaths). Nevertheless, when a client informs me that one or more of these phenomena are occurring, my inner Jeopardy contestant says, “Things a borderline or narcissist might do in a divorce for a thousand, Alex?” READ MORE.

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  1. December 21, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Never realized the “poop” thing was a pattern. Granted it is thankfully not reams of notes being demanded. Just usually a demand to know how many times she pooped, how big, and if I fed her 6 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. (My daughter doesn’t eat fruit, and only eats a very select few vegetables.)

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