The Narcissist Next Door

The Narcissist Next Door

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

Book - 2014
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"From an award-winning senior writer at Time, an eye-opening exploration of narcissism, how to recognize it, and how to handle it. The odds are good that you know a narcissist-probably a lot of them. The odds are also good that they are intelligent, confident, and articulate-the center of attention. They make you laugh and they make you think. The odds are also that this spell didn't last. Narcissists are everywhere. There are millions of them in the United States alone: entertainers, politicians, business people, your neighbors. Recognizing and understanding them is crucial to your not being overtaken by them, says Jeffrey Kluger, in his provocative new book about this insidious disorder. With insight and wit, Kluger frames the surprising new research on narcissism and explains the complex, exasperating personality disorder. He reveals 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 narcissism; and how to neutralize its effects before it's too late. As a Time writer and science editor, Kluger knows how to take science's new ideas and transform them into smart, accessible insights. Highly readable and deeply engaging, this book helps us understand narcissism and narcissists more fully."-- Provided by publisher.
"A lively and perceptive exploration of narcissism that examines its causes, the science and psychology at its core, and the opportunities and challenges it presents to those who suffer from it (and those who contend with it in others)"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014
ISBN: 9781594486364
Call Number: 616.85854 K667n 2014
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 17, 2019

Kluger does an excellent job highlighting the characteristics of narcissistic personalities. He does not pretend to be a psychologist. This is not a diagnostic tool. The author approaches the subject as a social scientist might with the intent of helping readers understand how narcissism impacts our society, our workplaces and our personal lives. I found it extremely enlightening.

Dec 03, 2018

I thought this book would be more science-based, with a focus on the psychological traits of narcissists and potential triggers for the disorder, etc. Instead, it reads like a personal diary that is just him talking about all the famous people he either knows or dislikes, and why he thinks they could be a narcissist.

I mean, I could have written this book... and just included a bunch of my co-workers I don't like and why I think they have a mental/social disorder like narcissism. It was boring and ultimately I learned nothing.

Lovestoread5 Aug 26, 2018

It was a little long and drawn out. Focuses on Presidents, celebrities and the like. I still don't know how to recognize a narcissist unless it's just a "look at me-aren't I great" kind of person.

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.

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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