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Five Powerful Ways Abusive Narcissists Get Inside Your Head

Self-Care Haven by Shahida Arabi


In popular culture, the term “narcissistic” is thrown about quite loosely, usually referring to vanity and self-absorption. This reduces narcissism to a common quality that everyone possesses and downplays the symptoms demonstrated by people with the actual disorder. While narcissism does exist on a spectrum, narcissism as a full-fledged personality disorder is quite different.

People who meet the criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder or those who have traits of Antisocial Personality Disorder  can operate in extremely manipulative ways within the context of intimate relationships due to their deceitfulness, lack of empathy and their tendency to be interpersonally exploitative. Although I will be focusing on narcissistic abusers in this post, due to the overlap of symptoms in these two disorders, this post can potentially apply to interactions with those who have ASPD to an extent.

It’s important in any kind of relationship that we learn to identify the red flags when interacting with people who display malignant narcissism and/or…

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Vancouver Island

This video in no way captures all the things I did while visiting Vancouver Island, but it’s some of the high lights. I was amazed by the beauty of the island. Mountains, the Pacific ocean and spectacular architecture. Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful, but rugged feeling places in all of Canada.

We found the best taco truck I’ve ever had in Qualicum Beach. Tidal tacos cheap and fantastic!


I know…Best day at work ever!!

It’s a place I will never forget. The people are friendly and relaxed. The sights are beyond belief. I could seriously consider moving out there at some point. They are hiring bus drivers all over BC.

Vancouver’s Gastown and Chinatown areas

I recently went to Vancouver to attend the very first Canada Council for Unifor. I have been a union member for over 10 years and sit on the executive of my local. It has given me the chance to travel to some awesome locations, but I miss my family so much while I am gone. I make videos and sometimes go to locations that I think they would like. I share what I see through the video.

I did want to go to Gastown in Vancouver, but the classical Chinese garden was for my partner  Heather. She loves plants so the bulk of the video is for her.

Vancouver is a city of startling contrast and when I get the time I will blog about the sights that I saw that are not in the tourist brochures.

Beautiful British Columbia

I recently had a chance to travel to the west coast of Canada for a conference with my union. Prior to the conference, I was able to take a trip to Victoria on Vancouver Island. This is truly one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen! You do not even know which way to look. This is a small portion of the ferry ride on BC Ferries leaving Horseshoe Bay! The video doesn’t do enough to capture the beauty.


There have been many difficult situations in the 2 years since I became part of the leadership of Unifor 4304. Things have gotten so much better. We have solidarity. We have a better relationship with management.

Attached is a short video where union leadership and management participate in a dunk tank and pie in the face activities at our annual picnic. All money raised was donated to a young family struggling with cancer in our local.