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Rethinking Narcissism Audiobook

Rethinking Narcissism: The Bad - and Surprising Good - About Feeling Special

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Publisher's Summary

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 word 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 listeners will learn that there's far more to narcissism than its reductive invective would imply. The truth is that narcissists (all of us) 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 the healthy from the unhealthy narcissism and offers clear, step-by-step guidance on how to promote healthy narcissism in our partners, our children, and ourselves.

©2015 Craig Malkin (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Woody2013 09/05/2016
    Woody2013 09/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "I discovered so much about myself"

    I got this book as I wanted to understand more about a guy I had started dating that I could see Narcasstic traits in him. What unfolded as I listened to each chapter, was an insight into much of my own behaviour patterns, my parents and how I too slide up and down the scale. This has pointed out valuable revelations about friends, and colleagues behaviour. I enjoyed how there is constructive guidance on language to use and how to manage yourself and others, also the positive spin that we are told narcasstic values are negative but in fact can be the opposite. I'm starting listening to the whole book again tomorrow, and recommended this to several friends. Invaluable advice for life!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Neerac 01/09/2016
    Neerac 01/09/2016
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    "Opened My Eyes"

    Excellent take on what is a growing problem, thanks in part to social media and the Internet.
    Unbiased and insightful it helped me to understand the people around me much more. I would recommend everyone to read this book. Many will not know they are living with an echo it's or Narcissist. With excellent advice on hope to deal with them. There is hope!

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    Liam 11/03/2017
    Liam 11/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Inappropriate and uninspiring"

    This short book on narcissism is not particularly assistive in understanding a complex issues. Poorly written and researched, and not a great deal to learn beyond which I already know.

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    James 03/10/2016
    James 03/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read (listen)"
    Would you listen to Rethinking Narcissism again? Why?

    I found this book to be a very interesting listen around Narcissism and the spectrum of different scales. I am listening to this book for a 2nd time as I believe I am on the darker scale and I am using this as a first step towards dealing with my emotions.


    What other book might you compare Rethinking Narcissism to, and why?

    This is the first book I have listened too.


    Have you listened to any of Kiff VandenHeuvel’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    The narrator was very pleasant to listen to and I found both his reading and acting of different situation to be very captivating.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Once you diver deeper into the different scales and how to deal with them. I found that taking the advise to apply on others may work when applying on myself. I am also going to try and get my partner to listen to this book to try and better understand the feelings I have.


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  • Savvy Shopper
    10/02/17
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    "3 1/2 Stars"

    Would have given it three and a half stars if I could. It's a pretty good intro to a healthy view of narcissism. Slow start and the ending was a little shallow.

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  • H L Ward
    24/08/15
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    "Easy to follow and extremely relevant"

    I highly reccomend this book. I think it will provides helpful insight for not only dealing with the narcissists but for all manner of human interaction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jill
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    02/10/15
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    "A timely and practical book"

    I'm a clinical psychologist who works with many "Echos and Narcissists" in my psychotherapy practice. This book's spectrum approach to understanding narcissism is positive and well explained. Dr Malkin's writing is clear and approachable without being technically dense or overly simplistic. The narration of this audio book couldn't have been more perfect. And I didn't catch a single mispronunciation in the entire narration, always a pleasure. I will definitely be recommending this book to many of my clients.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    02/08/17
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    "Excellent exploration of healthy and unhealthy pre"

    Excellent exploration of healthy and unhealthy presentations of narcissism. The narrator is engaging as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
    13/07/17
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    "Extremely enlightening!! At last I see hope!"

    I couldn't stop listening!! Very powerful learning about the people in my life!! Thank Doctor Malkin! I can see hope for the future!!

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  • Jonathan
    11/07/17
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    "more true perspective of understanding narcissism"

    very much appreciated this understanding View of narcissism in general, but also in light of narcissistic personality disorder. Would have loved to see some expounding on cluster personality traits as some of those were a parent in some of the examples given, but that probably would have had to reprioritize other aspects out of the book. overall, very very good. I'm glad to have read it!

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  • Laurie A. Helgoe
    25/06/17
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    "Well researched, well written, and well read"

    Dr. Malkin's discussion of narcissism is humanizing, accessible, and practical. It is too easy to portray narcissists as caricatures, feeding the very dynamic that reinforces the problem. Malkin helps us see the human in narcissism, and the versions of narcissism (or problematic lack of) that all of us contend with, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. A comprehensive and generous work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Erin Brzykcy
    03/05/17
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    "Objective Explanation of Narcissism"

    I like how Narcissism was explained on a spectrum, including "healthy narcissism". I appreciated the positive research and the explanation of addiction. I especially enjoyed the chapter on parenting.

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  • MMM
    Sacramento, CA, United States
    26/01/17
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    "Interesting theories"

    Good information but not thar helpful for dealing with extreme narcissistic personality disorder or parents with extreme narcissist personality disorder.

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  • Daniel
    04/08/16
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    "great starting point to find who you are "

    find where you are in a relationship, start making changes and deal with unhealthy people around you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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