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Steven Unruh Explores Parenting Trends Fueling Narcissistic Traits in Children

Steven Unruh, a distinguished psychotherapist based in Pasadena, California, has released compelling new research addressing the concerning trend of narcissistic traits in today’s youth. Applying thirty years of professional experience, Unruh offers critical perspectives on the upbringing and influences contributing to this alarming development.

Steven Unruh, a distinguished divorce mediator and psychotherapist based in Pasadena, California, has released a compelling new finding addressing the concerning trend of narcissistic traits in today’s youth, particularly among those in their twenties. With over thirty years of professional experience, Unruh offers a critical perspective on the upbringing and societal influences contributing to this alarming development.

Unruh says, "One of the greatest problems I see today with teenagers and even young adults in their twenties is that they have been raised without sufficient consequences." He sheds light on a common scenario: young adults burdened with credit card debt choosing part-time work over full-time employment to prioritize a lifestyle replete with leisure and socializing over financial responsibility.

Unruh goes on to define narcissism as stemming from "biological, psychological, and social influences," emphasizing the crucial role early relationships play in shaping an individual’s traits.

He outlines the pathways through which parenting can foster narcissism: “Parents play a primary role in shaping narcissists from their earliest experiences onward,” Unruh explains, delineating practices such as outlawing empathy, protecting children from consequences, inflating self-importance, perpetuating trauma, and modeling narcissistic behavior as foundational to developing narcissistic traits in children.

Unruh's research has delved deeper into each aspect, with Unruh cautioning that inconsistent empathy from parents can lead to "an insecure attachment" in their children, who may "compensate by overvaluing their own worth and underestimating others' worth." He starkly warns that without facing natural consequences, children "will develop a belief that they are not responsible for themselves, and that it’s the responsibility of everyone else to rescue them."

One of the more striking examples Unruh shares involves a situation of unchecked theft and parental defense, which illuminates the direct transmission of narcissistic behavior from parent to child. He recounts, "The father’s tantrum showed that he was just as narcissistic and emotionally immature as his 12-year-old son... a narcissistic man raising a narcissistic child."

Unruh does emphasize that recovery is possible. "Providing consistent empathy, healthy boundaries, and age-appropriate consequences to your children will help them grow up to become well-balanced and empathic individuals." This statement underscores the power of intentional, loving, and responsible parenting in combating the rise of narcissism among future generations.

Unruh has a reminder for all parents: "Our goal as parents is to love and protect our children, and to slowly give them more and more independence along with the ability to make choices." He asserts that through practical life lessons and a balanced approach to parenting, children can grow to impact the world positively.

To delve deeper into Steven Unruh's insights and guidance on preventing the development of narcissistic traits in children, more details are published at For parents seeking personalized advice or struggling with these issues, Steven Unruh offers free consultations. Parents can schedule a call with him to discuss any concerns and explore solutions tailored to a family's needs.

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Name: Steven Unruh
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Address: 301 East Colorado Boulevard Suite #807, Pasadena, CA 91101, United States
Phone: +1-818-523-5723

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