Christie Brinkley has courageously brought the arduous battles of protective mothers into the spotlight. She was on the Today Show this morning with Matt Lauer to talk about her Broadway play Chicago, but Mr. Lauer was more interested in the morning talk show duel with Good Morning, America (GMA)where Ms. Brinkley’s ex-husband Peter Cook appeared a few weeks ago.
Ms. Brinkley was clearly upset that Mr. Lauer had sandbagged her. By the end of the interview, Ms. Brinkley was in tears. Mr. Lauer made a disingenuous promise to bring her back to promote Chicago. She responded:
That’s what I wanted to talk about today.
In response to Mr. Lauer’s badgering questions, Ms. Brinkley suggested a solution for the litigation abuse waged by malignant narcissists:
. . .legislation that protects families from a spouse who has been diagnosed by the court-appointed forensic psychiatrist as a bona fide malignant or extreme narcissist…. This is something the courts need to come to grips with.
Theoretically, I agree with her. Yet, I’m concerned that many judges wouldn’t recognize or understand narcissistic personality disorder because it looks too much like what they see in the mirror. Judges were litigators before they got on the bench, and most successful litigators are narcissists.
Further, the court room is where legal issues are resolved. Judges aren’t trained psychologists. Even the best psychologists don’t have pragmatic, helpful answers on how to effectively exorcise a narcissist from our lives. You can’t just leave when you have kids, and narcissists will retaliate with lethal force when their facade is ripped away to reveal the cowardly scoundrel hiding beneath the mask.
This creates one hell of a dilemma for protective mothers. Most don’t have Ms. Brinkley’s resources. I’m not just talking about money to hire attorneys. I’m also talking about her ability to deal effectively with members of the press who ask asinine questions and sandbag you during an interview.
Mr. Cook is clearly a pit bull abuser and malignant narcissist. He blames Ms. Christie for his infidelity. He blames her for holding him accountable for payment of minimal child support. He told GMA that she “publicly castrated” him. Oh, please. He’s the one who initiated a smear campaign and outrageously suggested that Ms. Brinkley was seeking publicity to prop up her sagging career.
The heart of the matter is that narcissistic Mr. Cook is nobody without Ms. Brinkley, the iconic “Uptown Girl” and Cover Girl. She’s had ample opportunity to appear on Oprah and every other tabloid talk show. Yet, she never discussed divorcing a narcissist until Matt Lauer sandbagged her today. In fact, she insisted on a confidentiality agreement in a futile attempt to bring an end to Mr. Cook’s bullying and smear campaigns.
On the fourth hour of the Today Show, Kathy Lee Gifford sought revenge in a self-righteous, narcissistic diatribe that revealed her ignorance about domestic violence, PAS, and malignant narcissism.
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