Sam Vaknin: Narcissist or narcissist wannabe?

Fascinating article I am going to check this out. Wow do you know your narcissists. Dealing with one now that is totally out there. Pain in the ass really but absolutely fascinating. While they are usually quite unpleasant the things they do and say can really be riveting in their convoluted, twisted way of looking at things.

Lucky Otters Haven

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Who in their right mind would want to be a narcissist?

Sam Vaknin evidently does. Vaknin, a self-identified narcissist, is a bit different from the average narcissist. He seems to fit the profile in many ways, but he is surprisingly introspective and in 2001, wrote a self-help book called “Malignant Self-Love: Narcissism Revisited. It can be purchased through Amazon or through his own site, but the free PDF version is also available through his website.

I have read the PDF version and while it’s extremely long, verbose, and often repetitive (the published version may have better editing but I am not sure), Vaknin tells you everything you want to know about narcissism (and a few things you may not have known) and offers advice to “normals” on how to deal with narcissistic people like himself. He does not glorify narcissists and in fact is quite critical of them. While…

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