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All About Me: Loving a narcissist [Paperback]

Simon Crompton
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29 July 2011

Why some men cannot love, why we still love them, and what we can do about it.

What do you do if you are in love with an emotional vampire? Can he actually control his behaviour? Why does he behave the way he does?

Since the ancient Greeks told the story of Narcissus, we have recognised that some people are simply self-obsessed. But there is now evidence to suggest that narcissism is shaping our times, and most of all, our relationships.

Today narcissism is a quality that is being continually reinforced by our celebrity-obsessed, high achievement, sell-yourself culture. It is increasingly being recognised as a behavioural disorder (Narcissistic Personality Disorder), with clinics such as the Priory claiming 16% of their patients have this disorder. With real-life case studies and questionnaires, All About Me will reveal whether you are in love with a born narcissist.

In this original and compelling book, Simon Crompton explores what this means for our relationships today, and is guaranteed to make you think about yourself and your partner in an entirely new light.

Chapter breakdown:
1. It's all about me: What is a narcissist?
2. Look in the mirror: Are you a narcissist?
3. Enter Mr Darcy: Why everyone falls in love with narcissists
4. When Mr Right goes wrong: What it's like to suffer at the hands of a narcissist
5. A world without love: What creates a narcissist?
6. Generation me: Narcissism as a product of our culture
7. I'm a celebrity narcissist: Why narcissism helps people get places
8. Narcissism as a disease: Narcissistic Personality Disorder
9. The hollow men: What it's like to be a narcissist
10. Getting help
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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (29 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007247958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007247950
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is the perfect springboard for family reminiscences." --"Kirkus Reviews"

About the Author

Simon has been a health journalist for 20 years, and is currently editor of The Times Body & Soul section and Chairman of the Guild of Health Writers. He also edits the mental health report for the DoH and produces publications for the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. He has previously written health features for The Daily Mail, and The Telegraph. He won the Plain English Award for The Cancer Guide (1998).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting 6 Jun 2008
I found this book interesting as it tries to explain why a narcissist person behaves the way they do. It is said their behaviour can become either inherited and or had been influenced by lack of love throughout their upbringing. It puts into detail how a narcissist person can be totally oblivious to how their behaviour affects others around them because they are so wrapped up in their own insecurity and fear.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A low-cal cocktail that mostly hits the fizz 1 Jan 2013
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Why 'cocktail'? While classified as a "Relationships" book, All About Me is a mix of several genres, including social psychology, emotional advice and cultural criticism. Some parts of it read like agony aunt articles from your local newspaper, complete with personal stories and advice. Other parts take a snorkelled dive into the waters of psychology and give the lowdown on diagnostics, symptoms and causes. There is a mini-rant against celebrity culture...more of which later.

Why 'low-cal'? This is not a primary or even secondary source text and doesn't pretend to be. The relationship stuff tastes like Crompton's own work. Any heavier ingredients he borrows from others, while acknowledging and noting all sources. From my own slight experience, he seems familiar with the main thinkers on narcissism. If you want something academic, profound or groundbreaking I suggest you try elsewhere.

Why 'mostly'? There's much I liked about this book. Different subject matters and perspectives on narcissism are kept within chapter boundaries so it doesn't feel like a hodgepodge. It is easy to read; there is flow, progress and life application.

I especially enjoyed the smattering of interludes where Crompton takes a few pages to ask whether some of the great names of fiction and fact - Sherlock Holmes (I knew it!), Lord Byron, Hamlet, Napoleon - where narcissists. Mr Darcy and James Bond get the treatment too, as is right.

It seems to me, amateur that I am, that Crompton knows his stuff when it comes to the medical side of things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shedding a wider light 13 Oct 2011
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I think this is one of the best books on Narcissism that I've read - and I've read a lot of them! One of the great things about it is that it examines the condition of Narcissism in the context of society and culture in general, in a most accessible and enlightening way - for example, it explains the difference of approach to Narcissism in the United States and in the U.K., which is something which tends to puzzle a newcomer to the subject. The author provides plenty of case histories but he avoids
wallowing in long tales of traumatic abuse, choosing rather to break down general narcissistic approaches into specific aspects of how a Narcissist relates to a significant other, and to explain the consequent effects on the partner. He also portrays the isolation of the Narcissist him/herself, who is far too complex, in Crompton's thoroughly knowledgeable analysis of the condition, to be written off simply as a villain. The book manages that difficult combination of psychological insight alongside clarity of expression and engrossing readability; a rare achievement in this field!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 17 Mar 2013
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I haven't finished reading this book, but I am finding it helpful to come to terms with some people and even myself! Really good, not difficult (medically speaking) to understand!
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4.0 out of 5 stars All About Me: Loving a Narcissist 22 Oct 2008
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This book shared some of the author's perception of narcissism. I felt, it indicated that men tend to be narcissistic and not so much women, but I believe that perception is not accurate. It flowed well and there was some insightful information.
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