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Does Over Praise Really Cause Narcissism In Children?

Thursday, October 08, 2015



Most of us want to raise caring and self-confident children, but does telling your children they're special too often and pouring on the praise mean you'll raise a narcissistic brat?

I discussed this very question recently at a book reading in Boston, and I chose a personally important passage from my book to open the discussion. It's the story of an event that happened to me almost daily: like clockwork, my twin girls would race up and greet me at the door when I got home, except one day, something new happened: one of my daughters decided not to give me her usual hug and kiss. That moment became a powerful metaphor.

Here's the video where I tell you the story.


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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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