Meet the Narcissistic Personality—the most compelling personality of our time. Charming, magnetic, ruthless, extremely self entitled, superior, exploitive, the narcissist stands at center stage with the spotlight shining solely on him/her.
Beneath his grandiose mask, the narcissist lives in a bleak inner world of psychological emptiness. The outstanding trait of the narcissistic personality is a complete lack of empathy.
My purpose is to communicate the true nature of the narcissistic personality disorder. Learning to identify and understand the narcissistic personality through his unique ingrained personality traits, psychodynamics and childhood origins is an essential part of dealing with these complex individuals. The book contains many clinical vignettes that clearly present the narcissist up close—in full.
The book offers a variety of successful strategies for dealing with the narcissist while maintaining a sense of empowerment and inner peace.
The reader is invited to move “beyond narcissism” to an authentic and compassionate reality. Beyond narcissism we experience ourselves as part of an evolving dynamic whole that binds us to one another and all living things.
PART ONE: The Great Performer
Chapter One: At Center Stage:Outshining All the Others
Chapter Two: The Image Maker: Creating a Flawless Persona
PART TWO: Behind the Perfect Mask
Chapter Three: The Exploiter: Deceiving Cruelly
Chapter Four: Golden Child: Growing Up as the Very Special One
Chapter Five: The Well of Emptiness: Harboring Rage and Envy, Paranoia and Despair
Chapter Six: Hardened Heart: Treating Others Without Empathy
PART THREE: The Adoring Audience
Chapter Seven: The Charmed Circle: Worshipping at the Source
Chapter Eight: The Intimate Enemy: Living in the Shadows
PART FOUR: Response to the Great Performer
Chapter Nine: The Rules of Engagement:Holding Your own with a Narcissist
Chapter Ten: Beyond Narcissism