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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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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 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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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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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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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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