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How Narcissists Torture Others and Why They Believe They’re Right to Do It

As the saying goes, we often hurt the ones we love, but narcissists torture others deliberately and with little to no restraint. Merriam-Webster defines torture as “the infliction of “intense pain to coerce, punish, or afford sadistic pleasure” and “anguish…

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Three Faces of the Malignant Narcissist: Overt, Covert, and Sadistic

While all people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) are driven continuously by a compassionless and insatiable need to feed their insufficient self-esteem, the malignant narcissist does so primarily through ruthless dominance and abuse. Such abuse may be emotional, psychological, physical,…

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The Narcissist’s Disrespect, Envy, and Contempt

Published on HuffPost 11/19/17 at 4:04 p.m. ET Those of us close to people with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) naturally find ourselves wondering, even obsessing over, what types of people and things narcissists respect, which often seem random and fleeting….

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The Narcissist’s Caretaker: Caught Hook, Line, and Sinker

Narcissists nearly always rely on caretakers, and they do not hesitate to exploit those closest to them to feed their bottomless needs. Whether partners, children, other relatives, or friends, caretakers are sustaining forces who, usually unwittingly, enable narcissists in their…

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Waking Up to Narcissistic Abuse: ‘Our Parents Are the Last People We Can Trust’

Published on HuffPost, 10/20/17, 1:42 a.m. ET. Those of us exposed to trauma know all too well the experience of distressing nightmares. We may thrash around in bed and struggle to speak or cry out. When we finally reach consciousness,…

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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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