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Does Narcissism Appear In Neuroimaging?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016



Here's the second in this series of unseen video snippets, where I share some bitesize pieces of information on the subject of narcissism. The paperback version of my critically acclaimed book Rethinking Narcissism is out on July 5th, so if this subject interests you subscribe below to receive updates as we countdown to the release!

"The question was about neuroimaging and, do we see differences in the brain? We see clear differences in the brain of psychopaths. It's less clear when it comes to people who are narcissistic. What came out of that research and the reason the diagnosis for narcissistic personality disorder was changed from a lack of empathy to empathy impairment, is that unlike people who are highly psychopathic, people who are highly narcissistic have flashes of empathy. This is where it gets very confusing."

"People see, just as with my mother, they are capable of empathy but what happens is it fluctuates. It vanishes; it's blocked because they are pre­occupied by their own needs or something is troubling them or they are not motivated. The current understanding is that the best way to think about narcissists, and particularly unhealthy narcissists, people who get diagnosed with NPD, is that they have an empathy that comes and goes."


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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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