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RETHINKING NARCISSISM
The Secret to Recognizing and Coping with Narcissists

Craig Malkin, Ph.D
Harper Perennial, 2016

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES The reader will be able to:
Describe:
• the scale of narcissism, that too little narcissism is associated with high levels of anxiety and depression, that a moderate amount is healthy, that only extremely high or low narcissism is problematic
• the relation of entitlement and exploitation to extreme narcissism
• data showing that millenials are not different from other generations
• the myth of the epidemic of narcissism
• change and recovery

Craig Malkin, Ph.D, is Lecturer in Psychology for Harvard Medical School and a licensed psychologist. His research on the role of relationships in psychological growth has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and PsychologyToday.com has called his blog Romance Redux Romance "an essential read." He is also a frequent contributor to Huffington Post.

When most of us hear the word narcissism or narcissist, we envision vain, preening, braggarts who can't stop talking about themselves. But most of the time, we've got it wrong; many narcissists aren't driven by looks,fame, or money?some may even be shy or soft spoken. The startling truth is we've been distracted by an empty stereotype that blinds us to far more reliable signs of danger?and an entire generation is suffering because of it.

In Rethinking Narcissism Harvard Medical School psychologist 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. Readers will learn that there's far more to narcissism than its reductive invective would imply. The reality is that we all fall somewhere between utter selflessness and grandiosity. A healthy middle?a healthy degree of narcissism?is essential for a strong sense of self. Malkin deconstructs our misconceptions of narcissism and offers clear, step-by-step guidance on how to protect ourselves and how to promote healthy narcissism in our partners, our children, and ourselves.

Editorial Reviews

"A fresh approach to the way we regard one of psychology's most complex conditions. In a book that's persuasive, insightful, and never dry, Dr. Malkin offers the right mix of analysis and advice and presents compelling, ground-breaking evidence that narcissism is necessary?in the right doses, of course." -- Peggy Drexler, PhD, Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College, author of Raising Boys Without Men and Our Fathers, Ourselves

"This is an enthralling book. It takes the clich?s of narcissism and unpacks them to help us understand and accept our human need to feel special while also coping with the dangers of self-absorption. It will become a classic." -- Dr. Sue Johnson, author of Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships

"... a book that will have readers rethinking themselves and, paradoxically, those around them." -- Publishers Weekly

"This is a true gem on the subject of narcissism." -- Library Journal

"[Dr. Malkin's] reassuring tone and plethora of case histories offer considered advice and generous encouragement." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A gripping and sometimes terrifying book that will make you look anew at your spouse, your parents, your children, your friends, your enemies, your fellow workers and - perhaps most pertinently - your reflection in the mirror." -- The Daily Mail (UK), "Book of the Week"

"Dr. Craig Malkin offers a surprising, accessible analyis of narcissism?and explains why a healthy dash of narcissism can be a good thing." -- Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of Better Than Before and The Happiness Project

"In Rethinking Narcissism, Dr. Malkin reveals the surprising good news about narcissism, exploring the complexities of narcissistic traits and deflating popular myths. Most importantly, he shows us how to develop a healthy sense of narcissism and how to manage relationships with narcissistic partners, friends, colleagues, and family." -- Dr. Drew Pinsky, author of The Mirror Effect

"Certainly one of the best books I've read this year. Don't be fooled by the title.. this book is for anyone trying to better understand themselves and other people." -- Todd Kashdan, PhD, author of The Upside of Your Dark Side

"[A] fascinating book." -- The Independent "Malkin, a therapist and psychology instructor at Harvard Medical School, takes a more inspirational attitude..." (New York Times Book Review) "...gives us all a coherent way of talking about a much-discussed but often over-simplified and over-dramatized subject in these ?look at me' times." (Peg Streep, bestselling author of Mean Mothers: Overcoming the Legacy of Hurt) "Rethinking Narcissism brings much needed compassion and clarity to one of the most vexing problems in mental health without ever resorting to false hope or naivete. In that way, the book itself is special." (Tom Wootton, Huffington Post blogger and author of The Bipolar Advantage) "The book that protects you from narcissists...Is there someone in your life who's hurting you and you just don't know it? In this Harvard researcher's illuminating, reads-like-a-novel-book, he reveals how to identify and repair your relationships to live with more fulfillment." (Oprah Book Club 2.0) "Is there a narcissist in your life? Chances are, the answer's yes-here's how to spot them." (Red Magazine) "Narcissists. They're everywhere?Not according to Dr. Craig Malkin, whose new book suggests we've got it all wrong." (Sunday Times Magazine (London))


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