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Harvard Medical School psychologist and Huffington Post blogger Craig Malkin addresses the “narcissism epidemic” by illuminating the spectrum of narcissism, 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 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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Rethinking Narcissism, Dr. Malkin reveals the surprising good news about narcissism, exploring the complexities of narcissistic traits and deflating popular myths. Most important, 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, host of Loveline

  • “It’s bad to be a ‘narcissist,’ right? Not necessarily. Dr. Craig Malkin offers a surprising, accessible analysis of narcissism—and explains why a healthy dash of narcissism can be a good thing.”

    Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of Better Than Before

  • “This is an enthralling book. It takes the clichés 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 Hold Me Tight

  • “A fresh approach to the way we regard one of psychology’s most complex conditions.”

    Peggy Drexler, PhD, author of Raising Boys without Men

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About the Author

Dr. Craig Malkin is an author, clinical psychologist, and instructor of psychology for Harvard Medical School with two decades of experience helping individuals, couples, and families. His articles, advice, and insights on relationships have appeared in Time, Psychology Today, Marie Claire, and Women’s and Men’s Health magazines and at the Huffington Post. He’s been a featured commentator on NPR and Fox News and is president and director of the Cambridge, Massachusetts–based YM Psychotherapy and Consultation, Inc., which provides psychotherapy and couples workshops. He lives in Boston with his wife and twin girls.