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Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

This may not be the most in depth writing on the subject but, fo

This may not be the most in depth writing on the subject but, for those of you like me who know in your heart that there is something wrong with someone in your life, this book can be a real eye opener, give voice to what you know is there, and set you on a road to reco...
This may not be the most in depth writing on the subject but, for those of you like me who know in your heart that there is something wrong with someone in your life, this book can be a real eye opener, give voice to what you know is there, and set you on a road to recovery. Highly recommend. Ms. Hotchkiss doesn't necessarily offer any new information about the origins of narcissism but she does a fascinating job of portraying the disorder and the types of behaviors associated with this 'malady.' According to Ms. Hotchkiss, narcissists morph their personalities to suppress their internal negativity and by so doing, lose all perspective of reality. This plus the constant need for adoration and affirmation requires the personality morphing to achieve the adulation they seek. Narcissism derives its origin from a youth in classical Greek Mythology, Narcissus. The story goes that one day Narcissus saw his reflection in a pool of water and immediately fell in love with his image. From that very moment, he began to see everything as it related to his own image. The world was his looking glass and his insatiable appetite for himself took him all over the globe, and he was invariably pleased with what he saw. He left in his path a troubling wake which slipped like a fever through the people who saw him.     

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Excellent Book

This book is exceedingly helpful in sorting out what is actually happening when one is in a relationship with a narcissistic personality. Included are practical, concrete ways to set limits with such a person in a way that is reasonable and leaves both parties unscathe...
This book is exceedingly helpful in sorting out what is actually happening when one is in a relationship with a narcissistic personality. Included are practical, concrete ways to set limits with such a person in a way that is reasonable and leaves both parties unscathed. Absolutely essential for anyone; as these difficult personalities abound.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2007

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    I have read a lot of material on NPD, and this book was not as helpful as some others I have read. In fact, the over-emphasiss on shame in this book had me convinced that my ex was not a Narcissist. It wasn't until I had read the DSM-IV and Malignant Self-love, which empasize the lack of empathy, lying, and lack of emotion as key diagnostic criteria. The intimate psychologal portraits in these other books have me convinced that not only was my ex a Narcissist, but a TEXTBOOK case. If I had just read this book, I would never have known.

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