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Narcissism 101: A Glossary of Terms for Understanding the Madness

Terminology relating to narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) has been developed by psychologists and therapists over decades of research as well as by survivors of the narcissist personality seeking a vocabulary to understand and talk about their experience. This…

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How to Tell the Difference Between Your Average Jerk and a Narcissist

Whether on the playground, in the workplace, or on the home front, we all have experience with jerks: self-serving, insensitive, even abusive people we’re better off without. Whether they’re self-righteous bigots, snarky critics, or cynical naysayers, they burden our lives…

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The Narcissist as Naked Emperor: Who Will Call Out the Truth?

Back in the day my daughter and I loved The Emperor’s New Clothes, and I read it to her innumerable times, with knowing amusement shared between us. The Hans Christian Andersen tale, dating back nearly 200 years to 1837, has…

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Your Brain Under the Influence of Narcissist Parents

Children of narcissist parents, particularly those targeted as scapegoats, experience brain alterations in response to a relentlessly stressful, changing, and unsafe environment. Lacking empathy and constantly needing to bolster their unstable self-esteem at the expense of others, particularly their families,…

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Dude, Here’s Why You’re Reading This Article About Narcissism

So, yeah, I know too well why you’re reading this right now. Whether or not you like being called “Dude,” you’re here looking for answers, understanding, insight, validation for the crazy hellfire you’ve lived through with narcissism. Maybe you’re still…

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How and Why Narcissists Are Highly Skilled Abusers

Published on HuffPost July 23, 2017, at 1:46 p.m. ET. You don’t have to have narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) to be abusive. Your average jerk, sadist, or sociopath/psychopath can wreak staggering damage. And yet there is nothing quite like the insidious…

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Why So Many of Us Are Talking About Narcissism

Over a hundred years since Freud published his seminal 1914 essay “On Narcissism,” public discourse about narcissism seems to have reached an all-time high, crashing across our mass consciousness like a tsunami. The Rising Cacophony of Narc Talk Thanks to the…

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The Narcissist Parent’s Psychological Warfare: Parentifying, Idealizing, and Scapegoating

Published in The HuffPost 5/09/2017 at 7:21 p.m. E.T. Lacking a moral compass or the ability to act selflessly, narcissist parents create devastating havoc and damage in the lives of their kids. Unlike emotionally mature parents whose priority is to meet…

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The Narcissist on Social Media: The Exhibitionist and Troll

Ah, the intersection of narcissism and social media. It’s a match made in heaven, or hell, depending on how you look at it. Because the narcissist personality survives and moreover thrives on attention, reaching innumerable people at the speed of…

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The Narcissism Mystique: Facts and Fictions You Need to Know

From fascination with vampires and psychopaths to our current cultural obsession with narcissism, somewhere along the way monstrous predatory behavior became sensationalized into something mysterious, darkly alluring, even sexy. As our frenzy for likes and links normalizes social media self-puffery, a…

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