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Identifying the ‘Overt’ Versus ‘Covert’ Narcissist: Both Suck

When we think of the narcissist it is typically the large personality—the guy in the room drawing attention to himself, charismatically or obnoxiously. But like the rest of us, narcissists exist along a continuum of extraversion and introversion, and there are…

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Narcissistic Covert Incest: Being ‘Loved’ Too Much

Published on The Huffington Post April 22, 10:59 p.m. ET. When she went to college, Ali of Portland, Oregon, was surprised to find herself telling a friend that she hated her father. The friend asked if her father had abused her,…

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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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Stripping Down to the True Narcissist: 7 Definitive Traits

Narcissism is the talk of the town these days, but the reality of it as a pathological and socially toxic condition is widely misunderstood. The true narcissist has a personality disorder that causes complex and insidious misery to himself and…

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Raised by a Narcissist? 11 Healing Things to Do for Yourself Right Now

Published in The Huffington Post on 4/16/2017 at 12:54 a.m. ET. You’ve figured out that one or more of your parents are narcissists. They may be hardcore, with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), they may have narcissistic traits, or they may…

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The Paradox of the Narcissist’s Unrequited Self-Love

Published in The Huffington Post 4/9/2017 at 12:37 a.m. If you’ve been on the receiving end of traumatizing narcissistic abuse or even just treated to the repugnant spectacle of narcissistic self-puffery, it can be easy to miss the desperate vulnerability underlying…

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9 Best of the Worst Narcissist Mothers on Screen

The last few decades have delivered some knock-out performances of narcissist mothers on screen, both film and television. From absurdly funny, to chillingly selfish, to arrogantly grandiose, to diabolically scheming, to viciously cruel, to terrifyingly violent, or a toxic mix…

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