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Best Narcissism Books: The Ultimate List

Our list of some of the best Narcissism books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Becoming the Narcissist’s Nightmare: How to Devalue and Discard the Narcissist While Supplying Yourself (2016)

 Best Narcissism Books: The Ultimate ListAlthough clinical research has been conducted on narcissism as a disorder, less is known about its effects on victims who are in toxic relationships with partners with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Individuals with this disorder engage in chronic devaluation and manipulation of their partners, a psychological and emotional phenomenon known as “narcissistic abuse.” Unfortunately, the full extent of what narcissistic abuse entails is not taught in any psychology class or diagnostic manual. Since pathological narcissists are unlikely to seek…
Author(s): Shahida Arabi

2. Rethinking Narcissism: The Secret to Recognizing and Coping with Narcissists (2016)

 Best Narcissism Books: The Ultimate ListWhen most of us hear the word narcissism or narcissist, we envision vain, preening, braggarts who can’t stop talking about themselves. But most of the time, we’ve got it wrong; many narcissists aren’t driven by looks,fame, or money—some may even be shy or soft spoken. The startling truth is we’ve been distracted by an empty stereotype that blinds us to far more reliable signs of danger—and an entire generation is suffering because of it.  In Rethinking Narcissism Harvard Medical School…
Author(s): Dr. Craig Malkin

3. Traumatic Narcissism (Relational Perspectives Book Series) (2013)

 Best Narcissism Books: The Ultimate ListIn this volume, Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation, presents a way of understanding the traumatic impact of narcissism as it is engendered developmentally, and as it is enacted relationally. Focusing on the dynamics of narcissism in interpersonal relations, describes the relational system of what he terms the ‘traumatizing narcissist’ as a system of subjugation – the objectification of one person in a relationship as the means of enforcing the dominance of the subjectivity of the other. illustrates the workings of this relational system of subjugation in a…
Author(s): Daniel Shaw

4. POWER: Surviving and Thriving After Narcissistic Abuse: A Collection of Essays on Malignant Narcissism and Recovery from Emotional Abuse (2017)

 Best Narcissism Books: The Ultimate ListPathological mind games. Covert and overt put-downs. Triangulation. Gaslighting. Projection. These are the manipulative tactics survivors of malignant narcissists are unfortunately all too familiar with. As victims of silent crimes where the perpetrators are rarely held accountable, survivors of narcissistic abuse have lived in a war zone of epic proportions, enduring an abuse cycle of love-bombing and devaluation—psychological violence on steroids. From how to heal our addiction to the narcissist to how to recognize a covert narcissist, Shahida Arabi’s…
Author(s): Shahida Arabi, Thought Catalog

5. Narcissist: The Ultimate Guide: This Book Includes: Narcissistic Abuse & Dealing with a Narcissist. Healing after emotional/psychological abuse. Disarming the narcissist and understanding Narcissism (2019)

 Best Narcissism Books: The Ultimate ListStill struggling from the effects of a narcissistic or psychopathically abusive relationship?Many people do and sadly there is very little information available to be found online or in the written research, or with counsellors and therapists that can help. Narcissistic Victim Syndrome is not officially recognised, nor is it widely even known.Even when it is accepted, recognised and known not many people seem to know what to DO ABOUT IT to heal it… The fact is being in a relationship with a narcissist over a long period of time has long lasting traumatic effects that can…
Author(s): J. Covert, Dr.Theresa

6. The Covert Passive-Aggressive Narcissist: Recognizing the Traits and Finding Healing After Hidden Emotional and Psychological Abuse (2017)

 Best Narcissism Books: The Ultimate ListThe Covert Passive Aggressive Narcissist: Finding Healing After Hidden Emotional and Psychological Abuse is the most comprehensive and helpful book on the topic of covert narcissism. This type of narcissism is one of the most damaging forms because the abuse is so hidden and so insidious. You can be in a relationship that can last for decades and not realize you are being psychologically and emotionally controlled, manipulated, and abused.These people are well liked, they are often the pillars of the community.Parents, spouses, bosses, and friends who…
Author(s): Debbie Mirza

7. Narcissism: Denial of the True Self (1985)

 Best Narcissism Books: The Ultimate ListAre you a narcissist? Do you interact with someone who is? Contrary to popular belief, narcissists do not love themselves or anyone else. They cannot accept their true selves, constructing instead fixed masks that hide emotional numbness. Influenced by forces in culture and predisposed by factors in the human personality, narcissists tend to be • More concerned with how they appear than what they feel • Seductive and manipulative, striving for power and control • Egotists, focused on their own interests but lacking the true values of the self — self-expression, self-possession, dignity, and integrity • Without a solid…
Author(s): Alexander Lowen

8. The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations (2018)

 Best Narcissism Books: The Ultimate ListThe classic New York Times bestseller, with a new introduction by E.J. Dionne Jr.When The Culture of Narcissism was first published in 1979, Christopher Lasch was hailed as a “biblical prophet” (Time). Lasch’s identification of narcissism as not only an individual ailment but also a burgeoning social epidemic was groundbreaking. His diagnosis of American culture is even more relevant today, predicting the limitless expansion of the anxious and grasping narcissistic self into every part of American life. The Culture of Narcissism offers an astute and urgent analysis of what we need to know in these troubled times….
Author(s): Christopher Lasch

9. The Human Magnet Syndrome: Why We Love People Who Hurt Us (2013)

 Best Narcissism Books: The Ultimate ListSince the dawn of civilization, men and women have been magnetically and irresistibly drawn together into romantic relationships, not so much by what they see, feel and think, but more by invisible forces. When individuals with healthy emotional backgrounds meet, the irresistible “love force” creates a sustainable, reciprocal and stable relationship. Codependents and emotional manipulators are similarly enveloped in a seductive dreamlike state; however, it will later unfold into a painful “seesaw” of love, pain, hope and disappointment. The soul mate of the codependent’s dreams will become the emotional…
Author(s): Ross Rosenberg

10. Narcissism and Its Discontents: Diagnostic Dilemmas and Treatment Strategies With Narcissistic Patients (2018)

 Best Narcissism Books: The Ultimate ListIntegrating contemporary research with psychoanalytic theory, Narcissism and Its Discontents offers clinicians strategies for dealing with the complex situations that can arise when treating patients with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). The very act of defining narcissism can be a difficult one, owing to the pleomorphic nature of NPD. This guide recognizes the challenge and provides a number of psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic approaches including transference and countertransference to adjust treatment to the patient rather than constraining clinician…
Author(s): Glen O. Gabbard, Holly Crisp-han

11. Unmasking Narcissism: A Guide to Understanding the Narcissist in Your Life (2016)

 Best Narcissism Books: The Ultimate ListIn this groundbreaking guide from clinical psychologist Mark Ettensohn, PsyD., you will gain insight into narcissistic behaviors, symptoms, and relationship dynamics. Dr. Ettensohn provides exercises designed to help you clarify your own values and goals for the relationship, whether that means immediate separation or long-term relationship management. Anyone whose life has been touched by narcissism will find this book helpful – whether you are coming to terms with a loved one’s diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality disorder (NPD), or working to…
Author(s): Ettensohn PsyD, Mark, Simon MD, Jane

Best Narcissism Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some narcissism books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Fragile Bully: Understanding Our Destructive Affair with Narcissism in the Age of Trump

Author(s): Laurie Helgoe
ID: 2342533, Publisher: Diversion Books, Year: 2019, Size: 1006 Kb, Format: epub

Covert Narcissism: Signs of a Covert Narcissist, Ways to Protect Yourself From Their Manipulation and How to Deal With Their Narcissism

Author(s): Louisa Cox; Escape The Narcissist
ID: 2347536, Publisher: Independently published, Year: 2019, Size: 161 Kb, Format: epub

Tyrannical Minds: Psychological Profiling, Narcissism, and Dictatorship

Author(s): Dean A. Haycock
ID: 2348500, Publisher: Pegasus Books, Year: 2019, Size: 27 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really best-sellers according to The New York Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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