The New Science of Narcissism: Understanding One of the Greatest Psychological Challenges of Our Time-and What You Can Do About It

The New Science of Narcissism: Understanding One of the Greatest Psychological Challenges of Our Time-and What You Can Do About It

by W. Keith Campbell, Carolyn Crist


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Cut Through the Noise Around Narcissism with the Leading Researcher in the Field

“Narcissism” is truly one of the most important words our time—ceaselessly discussed in the media, the subject of millions of online search queries, and at the centerpiece of serious social and political debates. But what does it really mean?

In The New Science of Narcissism, Dr. W Keith Campbell pulls back the curtain on this frequently misused label, presenting the most recent psychological, personality, and social research into the phenomenon.

Rather than pathologizing all behaviors associated with the label, Campbell reveals that not only does narcissism occur on a spectrum, but almost everyone exhibits narcissistic tendencies in their day-to-day behavior. Drawing from real-life incidents and case studies, The New Science of Narcissism offers tools, tips, and suggestions for softening toxically selfish behaviors both in yourself and others. Here you will discover:

· An exploration of personality disorders connected with and adjacent to narcissism
· Why minor narcissistic tendencies are common in most people
· The foundational difference between grandiose and vulnerable narcissism
· Different psychological models of personality and how they interpret narcissistic behaviors
· The “recipe” of mental and emotional traits that combine into narcissism
· How to identify when you’re in a relationship with a narcissist and what you can do about it
· Why the 21st century has seen the rise of a “Great Fantasy Migration” into evermore insular subcultures
· The connection between narcissistic tendencies and leadership
· Why “the audience in your pocket” of social media has exacerbated culture-wide narcissistic tendencies

Though narcissism looms large in our cultural consciousness, The New Science of Narcissism offers many different options for understanding and treating it. With Campbell’s straightforward and grounded guidance, you’ll not only discover the latest and best information on the condition, but also a hopeful view of its future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683644026
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/29/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 214,618
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

W. Keith Campbell, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Georgia, as well as the author of The Narcissism Epidemic, When You Love a Man Who Loves Himself, and more than 120 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Campbell lives in Athens, Georgia. For more, see

Carolyn Crist is an independent journalist whose work has appeared in Reuters, Runner's World, and Parade, among others. For more, see

Table of Contents

Preface: Why You Need This Book ix

Part I Defining Narcissism Today

Chapter 1 Defining Narcissism 3

Chapter 2 Measuring Narcissism 23

Chapter 3 Basic Traits and the Narcissism Recipe 45

Chapter 4 Narcissists' Goals and Motives 63

Chapter 5 Narcissistic Personality Disorder 79

Chapter 6 Narcissism's Cousins: The Four Triads 97

Part II Observing Narcissism in the World Around You

Chapter 7 Relationships and Narcissism 113

Chapter 8 Leadership and Narcissism 135

Chapter 9 Social Media and Narcissism 153

Chapter 10 Geek Culture and the Great Fantasy Migration 171

Part III Dealing with Narcissism Today and in the Future

Chapter 11 Using Narcissism Strategically 185

Chapter 12 Reducing Another's Narcissism 197

Chapter 13 Reducing Your Own Narcissism 211

Chapter 14 Psychotherapy for Narcissism 223

Chapter 15 Future Science Around Narcissism 237

Epilogue: Facing the Future with Hope 251

Quick-Start Glossary 255

Notes 257

Suggested Readings 265

About the Authors 25

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