For those with a narcissistic parent or parents... how do you cope? My father has been a very difficult and self-absorbed individual for as long as I can remember, and fits the definition of narcissism to a 'T'.
It's no surprise then, that our relationship tends to be very one-sided. I want to continue to remain in touch with him for DDs benefit, but I'm starting to tire of the phone calls masquerading as inquiries into LOs well-being that then quickly morph into him using it as an opportunity to talk about himself. I just dread returning his calls.
I'm considering moving towards email as a preferred (almost exclusive?) method of communication. That way, I can send pictures and other information that he otherwise wouldn't give me a chance to share over the phone. However, the thought of greatly reducing the frequency I speak with him over the phone leaves me feeling like a terrible daughter and a heartless person.
So I need to know, those of you out there also living with narcissistic family members, how do you strike a happy medium?