Carrie Thompson – The Effects of Maternal Narcissism on Teenage Daughters

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Faculty mentor: Coco James

Artist’s Statement: Narcissistic mothers cause immense lifelong emotional trauma to their adolescent daughters through childhood maltreatment and long term emotional abuse. My visual art project combines things daughters of narcissists commonly hear from their mothers and the effects it has on self image. Growing up with my main female role model, my mother, being a narcissist was very detrimental to my mental health and self image. I constructed this visual art project to display some of the things I grew up hearing from her. I included the broken mirror to illustrate the effect her words and actions had on my self esteem. Being consistently told growing up that I didn’t look my best, that I weighed too much, that my nose needed to be fixed, etc., from the main woman I looked up to, still effects me today. My piece represents what all daughters of narcissists grow up feeling. Through my research I found many common denominators in the experiences of the daughters of narcissists. Most daughters felt guilty for having disdain for their mothers and they had self esteem issues that they still battled with in adulthood. My piece shows the effects mothers have on their daughters. I don’t think my mom ever realized the true effect of her words, and I’m not sure even I knew the overall detriments they had until I made this piece. Maternal narcissists are something a lot more children grew up dealing with than people realize. Growing up where love was conditional, feelings weren’t validated, constant manipulation, and everything is about how you look was extremely difficult. However, through making this project I realized how far I have come in fixing my mental health and self esteem all on my own.

View my art below!
Questions or comments? Contact me at: cet4162@gmail.com

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