Last week, the newest headlines about parenting told us that excessive praise can lead our children to narcissism. I instantly felt my heart rate go up.
I quickly read the first article, and it did nothing to abate my fury over the callousness with which the article spouted its premise. By merely praising our children too much, the article stated, we can turn them in narcissists.
I have visions of what happened in this person's childhood, mostly it is of this person crying in a crib, not being cared for. Because of severe neglect, babies and children will begin to make their own coping devices to deal with their sad world.
Devastatingly, these people grow up to be incapable of experiencing true empathy for others. They are furious when confronted. This makes them menaces as parents.
The first article I read said, "Fortunately, this can be cured."