You, Me, Empathy - Episode 29: Narcissistic Fathers with Sheri Heller

Trigger Warning: Addiction, sexual abuse, and violence are all mentioned in this episode of You, Me, Empathy.

On Episode 29 of You, Me, Empathy, Rev. Sheri Heller, LCSW and I explore narcissistic fathers, violence in the household, the impact of narcissism on children and humanity, and the origin of narcissism.

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As a licensed psychotherapist, Sheri helps us define narcissism, and we explore where narcissism originates and its impact on relationships, love, the world at large—and how we can better understand and combat narcissism in our lives.

Sheri's father was a narcissist and sex addict with a lack of humanity, who often debased, humiliated, and abused her. Sheri also opens up about her schizophrenic and abusive mother, who threatened Sheri and her sister, often with a knife or a hammer, and how her mother forbade Sheri and her sister from leaving the house.

Sheri's story is heartbreaking. And, most importantly, it's one of triumph. Sheri is doing beautiful work in the world as a therapist, clinical social worker, and interfaith minister. If you can relate to her story, do her a kindness and let her know that she is not alone. 

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