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The best book I have read on the subject of narcissm,
This review is from: Narcissism: Behind the Mask (Hardcover)
I have read several other books on narcissism, but this one is the best. It describes how the family background can impact on the development of narcissistic individuals and distinguishes between healthy and unhealthy narcissism. There are various examples of unhealthy or malignant narcissists, including business and political leaders. The book also points out that all of us are narcissistic to some degree and describes how our environment can have a significant influence on our behaviour.
The author's claim that the book gets behind the mask of the narcissist is justified. There are various anecdotes and cases relating to individual unhealthy narcissists who have engaged in bullying or character assassination and the subsequent analyses of their behaviour are then related to their past, their childhood and upbringing.
The book then goes on to examine how narcissists are not trustworthy and how they sabotage different types of team. It also investigates how they exploit the natural desire of people to trust others by targeting vulnerable individuals and, over time, influencing the way they think about others and therefore how they behave towards them.
Overall, I found it to be a very thought provoking and informative book.