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What exactly is narcissism? An incurable disease set to ruin your future, a habit to be curbed, or a trait to be nurtured? And how can you tell if your partner, child, or even you are a narcissist? Dr Craig Malkin offers a new picture of narcissism, showing us why being called a ‘narcissist’ isn’t necessarily such a bad thing after all.
Narcissism is all around us. We are a selfie-obsessed generation, surviving on a steady diet of watching reality shows that celebrate attention-seeking know-and-do-nothings and posting a whopping 500 million tweets a day to document our every thought and whim. But is narcissism really as bad as we have been led to believe?
In this groundbreaking book, clinical psychologist Dr Craig Malkin offers a radically new picture of narcissism, defining it as a spectrum of self-importance, and explaining that everyone falls somewhere on the scale between utter selflessness and total arrogance. He reveals why it is essential to embrace some level of narcissism in order to maintain a healthy sense of self-worth. Feeling special, to a degree, can make us better lovers and partners, courageous leaders, and intrepid explorers.
As supportive as it is illuminating, The Narcissist Test is the first and only book to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy narcissism, and offers clear, step-by-step guidance on how to promote the healthy kind in your partner, children, and in yourself. From advice tailored to parents, social media users and even schools, this is the definitive text to help you overcome the bad – and embrace the good – about feeling special.
Dr Craig Malkin is a clinical psychologist hailing from Harvard with over two decades of experience helping individuals, couples and families.
"[A] fascinating book" INDEPENDENT
"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. And if your reflection pleases you far more than any of the others, you probably won't like what you read." DAILY MAIL (Book of the Week)
"Among all the books that have been published on the topic in the past 10 years, [The Narcissist Test] stands out as a definite must-read." PsychCentral
"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
"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 REVIEW
"A book that will have readers rethinking themselves and, paradoxically, those around them.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“Dr. Malkin offers a surprising, accessible analysis of narcissism” – Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of Better than Before and The Happiness Project
“[Dr. Malkin} shows us how to…manage relationships with narcissistic partners, friends, colleagues, and family.” – Dr. Drew Pinksy, author of The Mirror Effect
"An enthralling book…it will become a classic.” – Dr. Sue Johnson, bestselling author of Hold Me Tight and Love Sense
“A book that’s persuasive. Insightful, and never dry.” – Dr. Peggy Drexler, author of Raising Boys Without Men and Our Fathers. Ourselves.