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Why Is It Always About You? : The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism Paperback – August 7, 2003
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Synopsis: Narcissism is a healthy, necessary stage twice in a person's life, during the toddler and teen years, and gives an individual an inflated sense of confidence that enables him or her to leave the security of the parental bond to explore the world with newly acquired abilities. If children receive good-enough parenting when reality deflates this bubble of omnipotence, they reach the end of their narcissistic explorations with a newly integrated sense of self and awareness of the separateness of other people. If they are traumatized or are insecure in their attachment to primary caregivers at these crucial stages, they never "graduate" from the school of narcissism, and become "toxic people," viewing others merely as extensions of themselves and therefore without separate needs and feelings. You probably encounter narcissistic people every day without understanding why they are so rude, have an unfounded sense of entitlement, poor boundaries, or seem to be more "special" than other people. Many of us have been raised in families that pass down narcissitic vulnerabilities, leaving us prey to narcissists, who are always on the lookout for people who can be manipulated into supplying external validation of their "specialness," either by annexing you and your talents to serve them or by deflating you so as to inflate themselves.Read more ›
Narcissism derives its origin from a youth in classical Greek Mythology, Narcissus. The story goes that one day Narcissus saw his reflection in a pool of water and immediately fell in love with his image. From that very moment, he began to see everything as it related to his own image. The world was his looking glass and his insatiable appetite for himself took him all over the globe, and he was invariably pleased with what he saw. He left in his path a troubling wake which slipped like a fever through the people who saw him.
Ms. Hotchkiss has nailed this subject when she posits "Their needs are more important than anyone else's, and they expect to be accommodated in all things. They can't comprehend why they might not always come first." Narcissists are endearing, enticing creatures typically with extremely thick skins....but only to certain elements.Read more ›
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This book is extremely well written. It changed my views on narcissism and really made me reflect on a lot of different issues. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ana Osornio
Well written and easy to read. I got this book yesterday and am almost finished. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Co
This book tells you a lot about what a narcissist is and gives ways to change interactions with a self absorbed person that can result in less stress. Read morePublished 1 month ago by auntie
Learning how to identify and deal with narcissistic personalities is an important skill for your mental and financial well being. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SeeingWhatIsThere
This is a thoughtful book that provides some clarity to those of us trying to understand narcissism. I found it useful in its intersections with relationships. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Allan