February 24, 2018

In my last blog I shared about a study I recently read that had concluded that there are three distinct subtypes of narcissism – Grandiose/Malignant Narcissism, Fragile Narcissism and High Functioning/Exhibitionistic Narcissism. This resonated for me and the division seems to provide a better framework to understand how some narcissistically disordered individuals hide, some resort to violence and others are able to hold down political office or significant positions of power. 

While these categorizations should remain a loose framework with their overlap acknowledged as well; they...

February 21, 2018

Are you confused about Narcissism?  I know that I am.  Much less than I used to be, but when I dig into material, so many definitions emerge. Are they adjectives, verbs or both?  Are they the ranting’s of those who have been victimized by these disordered individuals?  Why do there appear to be contradictions? I am trying to separate out ‘fact from fiction’ and seeking answers by combing empirical theories to shared experiences found in popular media.

It appears that there is a huge wave of websites and articles attempting to explain personality disorders.  They are writte...

February 18, 2018

P.R.A.C.T.I.C.A.L.!!!!!

Theory is great, mental gymnastics are sometimes fun, however, when it comes to extricating oneself from a toxic marriage; what to expect needs to be clearly communicated and a visible direction provided.  Eddy and Kreger have successfully done this through their book Splitting.  They have co-authored an accessible and well organized self-help manual that provides excellent explanations about how personality disorders operate, what behaviors are to be expected, what to look for in legal representation, what to expect from the family court, what the legal system ca...

February 12, 2018

I hate to admit it, but my name is Carol and I’m a book-buying addict. Notice I didn’t say I’m addicted to reading books. While I do my fair share of study, I buy far more books than I’m able to ingest leading me to contemplate giving audio books a chance. Last week I took the plunge signing up for a 30 Day free subscription and finished my first ever audio book, ‘The Sociopath Next Door:  The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us’ by Dr. Martha Stout. 

Fortunately, I picked well. Before sharing what I learned, I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed listened to the narrative on my drive to and fr...

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