The Narcissist Next Door

The Narcissist Next Door

Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed-in Your World

eBook - 2014
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A timely and provocative exploration of narcissism, from Donald Trump to Kanye West to Lance Armstrong, that shows us how to recognize and handle the narcissists we encounter every day. Narcissists are everywhere. There are millions of them in the United States alone: politicians, entertainers, businesspeople, your neighbors. Recognizing and understanding them is crucial to your not being overtaken by them, says Jeffrey Kluger in his provocative book about this insidious disorder. The odds are good that you know a narcissist—probably a lot of them. You see them in your office, on TV, maybe even in the mirror. The odds are also good that they are intelligent, confident, and articulate—the center of attention. With intelligence, sight and wit, Kluger explains the startling new research into narcissism and the insights that research is yielding. He explains how narcissism and narcissists affect our lives at work and at home, on the road, and in the halls of government; what to do when we encounter narcissists; and how to neutralize narcissism's effects before it's too late. As a writer and editor at Time, Kluger knows how to take science's cutting-edge research and transform it into perceptive, accessible writing—which he does brilliantly in The Narcissist Next Door. Highly readable and deeply engaging, this book helps us understand narcissism and narcissists more fully.
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780698170513
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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abcDena
Jun 23, 2016

Astoundingly bad! Jeffrey Kluger goes off on one tangent after another, talks way too much about celebrities he deems to be narcissists, and doesn't seem to tie up his thoughts into anything approaching a thesis. If you're picking this up to learn about narcissists/narcissistic personality disorder, you'll be bored and disappointed.

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chgarland
Mar 09, 2015

A joint review of "The Global War on Morris" by Steve Israel and "The Narcissist Next Door" by Jeffrey Kluger.

Steve Israel is a Democrat. Jeffrey Kluger is a Democrat. Know how I can tell? It's ruined the eyesight of both men.

Israel wrote a novel that had the potential to be funny although, really, part of funny is making fun of people and you can't do that if you're a lefty because it will make you a something-ist before you can say spit. Too bad Israel hates Dick Cheney with a burning and fiery passion and apparently doesn't realize Cheney has been out of office for six years, because Dick Cheney turned Steve Israel into a crank. Or rather Israel's hatred of Cheney ruined what should have been an entertaining book.

Then we have Kluger. Kluger's book starts off explaining what a narcissist is by giving some examples. He starts off with Donald Trump. OK, Trump has been known to behave narcissistically. Does he meet the criteria in the DSM for Narcissistic Personality Disorder? I have no idea.

But Kluger's second example of a narcissist is Ted Cruz because of Cruz's filibuster. And Kluger's third example is a congressman, a Republican because Kluger said he voted "for " the government shutdown and horror of horrors, kept 800,000 government workers from going to work, not that anyone noticed. Anyway, the problem with this congresscritter was that he was of the opinion that no respect was being shown to his side of the aisle and that makes him a diagnosable narcissist.

What makes Kluger's notions so unbearably stupid is, sitting in the Oval Office since 2009 we have had the worst case of narcissistic personality disorder that high office has ever seen, and that includes Woodrow Wilson who was very nearly convinced of his own godhood. But somehow Kluger can only find Republican examples of narcissism, just as the bad guys in Israel's book are Republicans because, of course, no Democrat ever voted to go to war in 2003.

Seriously, if a lefty is going to try to be entertaining or try to impart knowledge, just give it up now because apparently, you all aren't capable of thinking past your prejudices and you just end up wasting everyone's time.

Both books have gone on my "Started and never to be finished" list.

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