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review 2016-11-29 02:46
Narcissist villain creates chaos with hypnotic magic
Lincoln, Fox and the Bad Dog - D. Roland Hess

This is urban fantasy at its best and most digital to date. The plot unfolds smoothly—it’s not predictable, but it doesn’t stretch the constraints of its trope either.

 

The hero is a damaged man discovering himself again as he fights for his life. He brings along a scarred woman and an alien It’s a strange trip and when it ends it isn’t quite over.

Along the way you’ll meet a villain that thrives on spewing chaos out into the world. He’s a megalomaniac of grand proportions. I find parallels in current political trends. But since it’s too early to see how those trends will play out, this book offers an alternate ride.

 

Bravo.

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url 2016-05-28 04:44
4 Signs You Are in a Relationship with a Narcissist

It can be pretty hard to figure out if you are in a relationship with a narcissist. Thankfully, there are signs that can help you out.

Narcissists are all around us. From that friend on Facebook who never posts a bad selfie, to the charming boss at work who always manages to get the conversation back to herself. The problem is that they exist on a spectrum, just like autism. Like autistic people, there are a wide range of narcissists, from those who have full-blown egos to others who just tip-toe onto the scales.

 

Here are four signs that can help you identify whether you are in a relationship with a narcissist:

 

 

.....click link to read the rest. Pretty interesting stuff, I certainly have a few Narcissists in my life.

Source: www.learning-mind.com/signs-relationship-with-a-narcissist/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LearningMind+%28Learning+Mind+email%29
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review 2014-12-09 19:08
Wasn't exactly what I thought it would be
The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed�in Your World - Jeffrey Kluger

Narcissists. You see them, work with them, perhaps even live with them. Author Jeffrey Kluger takes the reader through a look at various narcissists: from children to political figures to celebrities to business executives. They have often given us great things, just as they have often damaged relationships, whether personal, professional or with the general public.

 

I was hesitant at first because I've read Kluger's book about siblings and birth order and wasn't impressed. But at first I thought this was an excellent read. Kluger walks the reader though how babies and children are narcissists in demanding their needs and desire be fulfilled immediately. At the same time, it's clear that the roots of empathy begin very young, where it can be witnessed when observing babies who are only a day old.

 

Kluger then expands this into the public arena: people like Steve Jobs, Lyndon Johnson, Jayson Blair (disgraced journalist), Taylor Swift, Charlie Sheen, Bill Clinton, etc. Kluger points out that many of these people wouldn't have gotten where they were without at least some level of narcissism.

 

Eventually, though, this got old. Most of the book is repetition of previous points and how various public figures are narcissists: refusing to take responsibility, the lack of interest of others/the lack of thought of how their own actions would affect others, how stories often come back to X person, etc. And while that's interesting, this type of reporting is more appropriate for a magazine article. I was expecting and hoping there would be a broader or deeper look into this: what is the science behind it? Is it a nature vs. nurture argument? Can people "change" if they are made aware of this?

 

I had a friend who strongly fit many of these personality aspects and I wondered if this book might give me insight on why she was the way she was or if there were other things I (or others) could have done differently. And while this book is not a self-help or self-improvement book in any way (it doesn't really claim to be), in the end it was disappointing to see that it's not unlike Kluger's previous work: it's really more of a too long article expanded into a book without better editing and padding out.

 

The beginning was quite interesting, but if you know much, or anything of pop culture for the past 5-10 years or history, a lot of what Kluger writes won't be anything new.

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review 2013-06-09 00:00
Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed - Wendy T. Behary First of all, the following excerpt should have been put at the beginning of the book because it is so important and not hidden 114 pages in.

"One important note: This approach [Putting Yourself in the Narcissist's Shoes] is inappropriate with anyone who makes you feel unsafe or abused. That's a completely different protocol, often requiring exit strategies and safety plans. If the narcissist in your life is violent, abusive, or threatens your safety in any way, please seek assistance immediately. If you don't know where to turn for help, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline (see Resources)."


From Resources:
The National Domestic Violence Hotline: www.ndvh.org; (800)799-7233, (800)787-3224(TTY)

As for my review, the first three chapters are full of a lot of important information that at first seemed confusing because it is full of psychological terminology. Chapter four is where everything starts coming together and the practical advice begins. I can see that highlighting and marking parts might be a useful tool for using this book as a reference since this is a continual process instead of a one-time fix.

Blessings to those of you living with a narcissist. Your road is difficult and I wish for you all the loving support you need to make it through.
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review 2012-11-16 00:00
Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big; Or, Why Pie Is Not the Answer - Jen Lancaster The author's obsession with food was actually pretty alarming. I admired her tenacity and commitment to exercise, though. I know from experience that it's tough to stick to a workout routine.My biggest pet peeve is the writing style. I don't mind laid-back, conversational prose, but there was the constant use of a question that wasn't a question, with the answer being the following sentence. That writing style? Gets annoying very quickly.Also her friends are incredibly annoying, or at least they seemed that way in one particular chapter in which nothing happened.I'd stick with Bitter is the New Black, myself.
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