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Not All Narcissists Are Equal

Thursday, August 13, 2015



You saw it here first, extroverted and introverted narcissism, and a recent article inside NYMag.com highlights not just my thoughts on the matter, but what the research is telling us... "It's just a mess with all these different terms. At the common core, these are people who are addicted to feeling special. It's just that there are a lot of ways to do it."

In my book Rethinking Narcissism I explain the differences in narcissists; let's take a look at them here.

Extroverted Narcissists

This is a rather well known type of narcissism. Extroverts can be pretty loud, quite vain at times and therefore fairly easy to pick out of a crowd. Extroverted narcissists tend to display their money and material possessions and want to be the center of attention.

Introverted Narcissists

These people tend to be a little more difficult to spot, because they don't display the kind of behaviour we'd call typically narcissistic. They might fear criticism, get in a panic over attention and feel like they're different from others, making the narcissism more internalized. But inside, they're still convinced they're better than you. 

Communal Narcissists

Only recently identified by researchers, communal narcissists consider themselves to be more nurturing, understanding, and empathic than everyone else on the planet. They tend to want to be praised for charitable donations or how helpful they've been.

While the explanations on this post are brief, we can clearly see that not all narcissists are the same! 

If you'd like a more in-depth look at the different types of narcissism, check out my book, or if you suspect any of these descriptions sound like you, or someone you know, check out The Narcissism Test.

"They all share one overriding motivation: they cling to feeling special" #RethinkingNarcissism - @drcraigmalkin CLICK TO TWEET


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After teaching at local universities, Dr. Malkin became a Chief Psychologist at Harvard Medical School’s Cambridge Hospital, in Cambridge Massachusetts, where he instructed interns, residents, and fellows in the theory and practice of psychotherapy. In 2003, he left this position to expand his private practice and continued to supervise and teach for Harvard Medical School’s training program. Read More...


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