Narcissistic parents-in-law are incredibly cruel, often going out of their way to make sure their son or daughter’s spouse doesn’t feel welcome, according to trauma therapist Shannon Thomas.
If the child from the narcissistic family is oblivious to the harm being caused, it can slowly tear apart their marriage.
Sometimes they are wise to it, but it’s still incredibly hard to deal with their mind games.
For example, narcissistic in-laws will play favorites, isolate the target from their own children, and lie about anything to fit their narrative and make the target feel excluded.
Narcissists often act like they’re reading from the same instruction manual, so there are some telltale signs that a toxic in-law is what you’re dealing with.
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Imagine marrying into a family and realizing your mother and father-in-law are hellbent on destroying your entire life, relationship, and self-esteem. It may sound like the plot of a psychological thriller, but toxic, narcissistic in-laws are a reality many people live with.
“Narcissistic in-laws are incredibly cruel,” trauma therapist Shannon Thomas told Insider. “Everybody wants to be a part of a healthy, fun family, but when you are the target, with that sense of belonging and wanting to be one of them, they make it extremely clear that you are not.”
Narcissistic in-laws can ruin a marriage, Thomas said, especially if the son or daughter is oblivious to the games their parents are playing. Thomas said it’s probably because they are in denial about the level of toxicity their family has.
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