Rethinking Narcissism

Rethinking Narcissism

The Bad--and Surprising Good--about Feeling Special

Book - 2015
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"Harvard Medical School psychologist and Huffington Post blogger Craig Malkin addresses the "narcissism epidemic" by illuminating the spectrum of narcissism, ways to control the trait, and explaining how too little of it may be a bad thing"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, HarperWave, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062348104
Branch Call Number: 155.232 MAL
Characteristics: xiv, 240 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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lisatofts
Oct 22, 2015

"A good life balances our own self-interests with other people's needs. That's healthy narcissim. It's what gives us the energy to build a life full of adventure and self-discovery. Healthy narcissism is where passion and compassion merge, offering a truly exhilarating life." (206)

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Oct 22, 2015

"The narcissistic thrill we get from social media needn't be bad for us at all if we follow some simple guidelines. The rules that apply to real life also apply to our digital lives. What should be clear by now is that secure love and caring relationships are the greatest protection we have from unhealthy narcissism, whether your connections are live and in person, or virtual and in cyberspace." (199)

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Oct 22, 2015

The parts I liked about this book are the real life client sessions. Yes, all doctors can write blabbady-blah-blah technical textbook tomes - and this one is no exception; there are "boring" parts- but Dr. Malkin does offer some good points. I think if you read this book as a companion to actual therapy, it's invaluable.
This book could use more bullet points or shorter chapters. It's quite wordy. My favorite part was about social media and how that has become the online narcissist's playground.

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Oct 22, 2015

lisatofts thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 18 and 99

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