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  • Published:

    Jul 7, 2015
  • ISBN:

    9780062348104
  • Pages:

    256
  • Size:

    5.9" x 8.6"
  • Weight:

    0.8 lb
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Book Title and Author Byline

Rethinking Narcissism

The Bad-and Surprising Good-About Feeling Special

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About the Book

Harvard Medical School psychologist and Huffington Post blogger Craig Malkin addresses the "narcissism epidemic," by illuminating the spectrum of narcissism, identifying ways to control the trait, and explaining how too little of it may be a bad thing.

"What is narcissism?" is one of the fastest rising searches on Google, and articles on the topic routinely go viral. Yet, the word "narcissist" seems to mean something different every time it's uttered. People hurl the word as insult at anyone who offends them. It's become so ubiquitous, in fact, that it's lost any clear meaning. The only certainty these days is that it's bad to be a narcissist—really bad—inspiring the same kind of roiling queasiness we feel when we hear the words sexist or racist. That's especially troubling news for millennials, the people born after 1980, who've been branded the "most narcissistic generation ever."

In Rethinking Narcissism readers will learn that there's far more to narcissism than its reductive invective would imply. The truth is that we all fall on a spectrum somewhere between utter selflessness on the one side, and arrogance and grandiosity on the other. A healthy middle exhibits a strong sense of self. On the far end lies sociopathy. Malkin deconstructs healthy from unhealthy narcissism and offers clear, step-by-step guidance on how to promote healthy narcissism in our partners, our children, and ourselves.

About the Author

Craig Malkin

Dr. Craig Malkin is an author, clinical psychologist, and lecturer for Harvard Medical School with two decades of experience helping individuals, couples, and families. His articles, advice, and insights on relationships have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as Time, the New York Times, The Sunday Times (London), Psychology Today, and Women’s Health, as well as countless other magazines and websites. He’s also been featured multiple times on NPR, CBS Radio, and the Oprah Winfrey Network channel; appeared on various local morning shows; and been a guest on more than sixty radio stations here and abroad. Dr. Malkin is president and director of the Cambridge, Massachusetts–based YM Psychotherapy and Consultation, Inc., which provides psychotherapy and evidence-based couples workshops. He lives in Boston with his wife and twin girls.

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Red Magazine —Red Magazine

Tom Wootton, Huffington Post blogger and author of The Bipolar Advantage —Tom Wootton, Huffington Post blogger and author of The Bipolar Advantage

Psych Central —Psych Central

Dr. Sue Johnson, author of Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships —Dr. Sue Johnson, author of Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships

Peg Streep, bestselling author of Mean Mothers: Overcoming the Legacy of Hurt —Peg Streep, bestselling author of Mean Mothers: Overcoming the Legacy of Hurt

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Peggy Drexler, PhD, Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College, author of Raising Boys Without Men and Our Fathers, Ourselves —Peggy Drexler, PhD, Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College, author of Raising Boys Without Men and Our Fathers, Ourselves

Irene Oestrich, Chefspsykolog, PhD —Irene Oestrich, Chefspsykolog, PhD

Joseph Shay, PhD, Lecturer Harvard Medical School, co-author of Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy and co-editor of Odysseys in Psychotherapy and Complex Dilemmas in Group Therapy. —Joseph Shay, PhD, Lecturer Harvard Medical School, co-author of Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy and co-editor of Odysseys in Psychotherapy and Complex Dilemmas in Group Therapy.

Leon Seltzer, author of Paradoxical Strategies in Psychotherapy —Leon Seltzer, author of Paradoxical Strategies in Psychotherapy

Todd Kashdan, PhD, author of The Upside of Your Dark Side —Todd Kashdan, PhD, author of The Upside of Your Dark Side

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The Daily Mail (UK), “Book of the Week” —The Daily Mail (UK), “Book of the Week”

New York Times Book Review —New York Times Book Review

New England Psychologist —New England Psychologist

Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of Better Than Before and The Happiness Project —Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of Better Than Before and The Happiness Project

Dr. Drew Pinsky, author of The Mirror Effect —Dr. Drew Pinsky, author of The Mirror Effect

Oprah Book Club 2.0 —Oprah Book Club 2.0

Sunday Times Magazine (London) —Sunday Times Magazine (London)

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