136 episodes

Are you in a relationship that confuses you? One that leaves you feeling attacked or walking on eggshells? Maybe you've left but aren't sure what to do next; you're in the right place.
Join  Dr. Kerry McAvoy, a mental health clinician and author of Love You More, as she tackles toxic relationship dynamics.
Listen as Dr. McAvoy describes destructive personalities, typical partner profiles, progressive stages of abuse, and common manipulation tactics. Find out why these relationships are complex to avoid, what makes them tough to leave, and how to recover and rediscover healthy self-compassion and self-respect again.

Breaking Free from Narcissistic Abuse Kerry McAvoy, Ph.D.

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    • 4.7 • 147 Ratings

Are you in a relationship that confuses you? One that leaves you feeling attacked or walking on eggshells? Maybe you've left but aren't sure what to do next; you're in the right place.
Join  Dr. Kerry McAvoy, a mental health clinician and author of Love You More, as she tackles toxic relationship dynamics.
Listen as Dr. McAvoy describes destructive personalities, typical partner profiles, progressive stages of abuse, and common manipulation tactics. Find out why these relationships are complex to avoid, what makes them tough to leave, and how to recover and rediscover healthy self-compassion and self-respect again.

    "We're just trying to help!" How to Manage Toxic In-Law Drama

    "We're just trying to help!" How to Manage Toxic In-Law Drama

    Send us a Text Message.Are you battling toxic in-law drama? Is your mother-in-law or father-in-law intruding into your relationship or family?This week, Rossana Faye joins us to discuss common toxic in-law drama, particularly when it involves a narcissistic mother- or father-in-law. This week's self-help tip is the importance of strengthening your couple's boundaries over time. Question for you: Is your toxic mother-in-law ruining your marriage or partnership? In this week's Podcast Extra, Ro...

    • 28 min
    "How mad can I make you?" The Toxic Games Covert Narcissists Play

    "How mad can I make you?" The Toxic Games Covert Narcissists Play

    Send us a Text Message.Do you find yourself exasperated or angry at your partner, but you aren’t sure why? Do they put you into no-win binds?Covert narcissists love to play subtle, often hidden mind games. They are masterful at twisting the truth, hiding exploitative agendas, and playing the victim, enraging their partners and families while keeping them in the dark. In this episode, Lisa Sonni joins to discuss the common mind games covert narcissists use. This week's self-help tip is ho...

    • 27 min
    "You're trying to control me!" Why Managing Boundaries with Narcissists Fails

    "You're trying to control me!" Why Managing Boundaries with Narcissists Fails

    Send us a Text Message.Have you noticed managing boundaries with narcissists always fails? That they find some tricky way to evade limit setting? Suddenly, you’re being accused of being too controlling or sensitive, or they can’t understand what you're asking. In this podcast, Lisa Sonni joins me to discuss the problems of managing boundaries with narcissists. We'll explore this issue from a narcissist's perspective: why they find boundaries threatening. The self-help tip is the importance of...

    • 27 min
    "You’re not taking my babies from me!" How Jessica Kent Escaped Abuse

    "You’re not taking my babies from me!" How Jessica Kent Escaped Abuse

    Send us a Text Message.(Trigger Warning: This episode contains graphic descriptions of abuse.)This week, Jessica Kent, a wildly popular social media figure, joins me to share her story of escaping abuse. Jessica reveals how covert narcissistic abuse can go from subtle to violent, especially when victims leave the relationship. Jessica Kent is best known for prison reform advocacy. To learn more about her and her work:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/JessicaKentInstagram: https://www.instagr...

    • 29 min
    How Could I Have Not Known? How Devastating Betrayals Blind Us

    How Could I Have Not Known? How Devastating Betrayals Blind Us

    Send us a Text Message.Sometimes, the truth can be right in front of you, but you still can't see it. Rossana Faye joins me this week to discuss a concept Dr. Jennifer Freyd, in her book Blind to Betrayal, calls “betrayal blindness.” Some truths can be so devastating that they are difficult to face. And, the self-help tip is the importance of listening to what feels off, uncomfortable, or wrong to recognize signs you may be missing critical details in your relationship or family.Blind to Betr...

    • 27 min
    Why I'd Snoop Again: How this Toxic Behavior Sometimes Provides Closure and Safety

    Why I'd Snoop Again: How this Toxic Behavior Sometimes Provides Closure and Safety

    Send us a Text Message.Is it ever okay to go through your partner's phone? I've been guilty of snooping and might consider doing it again.Narcissists and toxic personalities are masters at creating ambiguity. My ex used to readily offer me his credit card after we first started dating. He'd send photos of broken machinery and take me on company runs, all as a way to build trust so that I couldn't tell real company crises from manufactured ones. I later learned he'd created this elaborate ruse...

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
147 Ratings

147 Ratings

Dr Clark Fan ,

Very clear examples were helpful!

First time listening today. I’ve listened to hours and hours of Narcissistic abuse podcasts.
The one I listened to today episode #63 gave specific examples like a pattern of the N continually critiquing how one does things like the laundry, shifting conversations with
Red Herrings; never able to settle an issue.
The topic of how one speaks to you-I’d like to hear more about this b/c I myself am working on to changing my tone of voice & being more respectful-not demeaning others’ viewpoints.
If that was the model we grew up hearing as children, we may unknowingly be sarcastic.
The more examples the better!
Dr Henry Cloud, author of “Boundaries” calls one key to healthy relationships is
“Mutually Agreed Upon Exceptions” which are often impossible with a Covert or Overt Narcissist.

Kjindigo ,

Great

Thank you for this podcast

Lorenzofoto ,

Life saver for men too

I’m going through a break up w a woman that drained me of everything. My boundaries, my pride, my money. I became a person who I didn’t know and she made me think itge relationship problems were all me. Stuff I never heard from other partners. I was abusive. I was a narcissist. I had borderline personality disorder. I’ve never heard these things but her family members told me she did but I still thought I was the problem. This podcast is so good I feel they know her personally. lol. It was invaluable to my healing and leaving.

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