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Narcissistic Parents and the Martyr Parent Ploy

By S.P. Crawford and Rebecca C. Mandeville, MFT The Story of the Difficult ‘Problem Child’ One of the ways that a narcissistic parent marginalizes their child is to demean them… Read more »

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Family Gatherings: 10 Self-Care Strategies for FSA Survivors

As more people get vaccinated for Covid-19, family gatherings are once again possible. It is common to have high expectations when thinking of reuniting with family you haven’t seen for a… Read more »

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Toxic Shame and the Scapegoat Child

Is Toxic Shame Sabotaging Your Recovery?

Toxic shame is chronic in nature. It resides in our unconscious, meaning, we are not consciously aware that we have, or are experiencing, shame. It exists ‘on the back burner’ of our psyche, causing havoc, and yet we do not even know it is there!

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Recognizing C-PTSD as a Legitimate Diagnosis

[Note: This article originally written for The C-PTSD Foundation in November 2020] Complex PTSD ( which is sometimes interchanged with terms such as complex relational trauma, developmental trauma, and interpersonal… Read more »

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5 Critical Things to Know About Family Scapegoating Abuse (FSA)

Since beginning this ‘Scapegoat Recovery’ blog last year, many readers have written me with questions regarding family scapegoating and the challenges faced when attempting to recover from it’s damaging effects…. Read more »


The Invisible Wounds of Psycho-Emotional Child Abuse – Part One

Note: This article was first published in 2014 and revised in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Were You a Victim of ‘Invisible Abuse’ in Your Family-Of-Origin? Ever wonder if you were… Read more »

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Last Chance to Take FSA Survey

Greetings! I hope this newsletter finds you well. 2020 was a year of losses for many. I’ve heard from quite a few of you over this past year and it… Read more »