Narcissism begets hyper-empathy: narcissistic parents produce children who become attuned to the emotional states of their caretakers in order to survive.
Dr. Joseph Burgo, Ph. D.
Joseph Burgo is a clinical psychologist in private practice and the author of both self-help books and novels. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic and other major publications; a recognized expert on narcissism, he is frequently quoted in USA Today, Glamour, The Huffington Post and other major news outlets. He writes a blog on the topic of “Shame” for Psychology Today.