Source: Narcissistic abuse – Wikipedia
Parental narcissistic abuse is where parents require the child to give up their own wants and feelings in order to serve the parent’s needs for esteem. The term emerged in the late twentieth century due to the works of Alice Miller and other Neo-Freudians, rejecting psychoanalysis as being similar to the poisonous pedagogies.
Self-help culture assumes that someone abused by narcissistic parenting as a child likely struggles with codependency issues in adulthood. An adult who is or has been in a relationship with a narcissist likely struggles with not knowing what constitutes a “normal” relationship.
Narcissistic abuse was originally just defined as a specific form of emotional abuse of children by narcissistic parents. In recent years the term has been applied more broadly to refer to any abuse by a narcissist, in particular adult-to-adult relationships – adult-to-adult narcissistic abuse.