Waking Up to Narcissism is a guide to understanding narcissistic personality disorder. The podcast host is Tony Overbay, a therapist, public speaker, and author. He also hosts The Virtual Couch. This show helps people with their mental health wellbeing, from ADHD to addiction.
Tony shares his professional experience on the podcast. He has received insight into narcissistic abuse from working with families and couples. He acknowledges that it's a growing subject, which people often misunderstand. Tony's communication framework has helped many couples during therapy. Yet, with a narcissist, it's a challenging story.
Throughout the podcast, Tony talks to real-life individuals to share their stories. Each person has experienced a narcissist in some form. Some have married one, while others are adult children of them. He also invites listeners to ask questions so he can provide extra help and support. Tony explains what it means to be a covert narcissist and how difficult it is to break away from one. He talks about whether they are capable of kindness and how to prevent oneself from feeling angry. He also tries to help anyone living with a narcissist find a way to self-validation and self-care. However, this show is not a substitute for seeing a mental health professional.
One episode of the podcast explores "Unseen Chains: Navigating the Subtleties of Coercive Control." Tony talks through what he calls invisible, emotional manipulation. One story discusses financial control, where one partner removes autonomy from the other. While it can be an act of trust within a relationship, it can also be an example of manipulation by that partner. Another story explores sex and intimacy as a tool for control. Tony refers to it as a gradual erosion of self-worth. This can damage someone's personal growth.
The Waking Up to Narcissism podcast shares insight on this intriguing personality disorder. Listeners will discover what "gaslighting" means and how to break repetitive cycles. Tony shares stories and experiences to help people navigate complex relationships.