EP 65: Growing up in Narcissism: A Childhood of Survival // Coach Elissa Swihart

In the latest episode of "It’s Your Story To Tell," we hear Jenna's heart-wrenching journey of navigating the treacherous terrain of narcissistic abuse, betrayal by a father figure, and the quest for emotional healing. Jenna's story is a poignant illustration of resilience, the complexity of family dynamics, and the transformative power of therapy and self-awareness.


Jenna's tale begins with a life-altering revelation about her biological parentage, which serves as a catalyst for her to scrutinize the underpinnings of her upbringing. The man she once revered as her father was unmasked as a narcissist who manipulated his family to maintain an ironclad control. Jenna's understanding of love and trust was contorted by this revelation, setting the stage for her struggles with relationships later in life.


Living under the shadow of a 'golden child' sister, Jenna grappled with the stark disparity in treatment she endured. This favoritism created deep-seated emotional scars, making the journey toward healing a treacherous path. As Jenna recounts her experiences, listeners are given a rare glimpse into the damaging effects of narcissistic behavior on a child's psyche.


The importance of establishing boundaries becomes a central theme as Jenna shares her struggles with confronting her father about his abusive behavior. Her story is a testament to the critical role of therapy in providing survivors with the tools needed to dismantle the insidious effects of narcissistic abuse. Jenna's narrative emphasizes the importance of genuine accountability and the difficult, yet necessary, decision to sever ties with a manipulative parent for the sake of one's mental health.


The episode not only brings awareness to the dark realities of narcissistic abuse but also serves as a beacon of hope for survivors. It is a tribute to those like Jenna who have risen above the darkness, forging paths of recovery and inspiring others to do the same. Join us in this profound exploration of healing, strength, and the redefinition of love on "It’s Your Story To Tell."