Discussion and Reading Group Guide
Narcissism, Pathological Narcissism, The Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), the Narcissist,
and Relationships with Abusive Narcissists and Psychopaths
By: Dr. Sam Vaknin
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Questions to Ponder
Q> Is pathological narcissism related to healthy narcissism? Are they part of the same spectrum and only a matter of degree or intensity?
Q> Do narcissists love themselves? Are they capable of loving anyone at all?
Q> Why do narcissists abuse the very people from whom they derive sustenance in the form of Narcissistic Supply?
Q> Can the Narcissistic Personality Disorder be easily distinguished from other mental health disorders (for instance, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, or the Histrionic and Borderline Personality Disorders)?
Q> Can narcissism be cured and, if yes, would psychotherapy be best - or would medication?
Q> Why do narcissists idealize and then devalue their sources of supply?
Q> Can pathological narcissism be compared to addictions?
Q> Is society geared to dealing with narcissists and the destructive effect they have on their nearest and dearest?
Q> Narcissists wreak havoc through subtle and not so subtle means. Why and in which circumstances do they resort to subtlety?
Q> Can a narcissist be self-aware and still remain a narcissist?
Q> How can one shield one's children from "narcissistic radiation" or "narcissistic fallout"?
Q> How to recognize a narcissist before it is too late?
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Q> How should one respond to narcissistic rage, narcissistic injury and narcissistic grandiose fantasies?
Q> How does one divorce a narcissist and cope with vindictive narcissists?
Q> Narcissists get "into your head". How does one get rid of their lasting influence, of the "internal voice" the narcissist bequeaths to his victims?
Q> Why do narcissists hate happiness and emotions? Is it because they are jealous? And what are the roles of envy, shame and control in narcissism?
Q> There are a myriad forms of abuse - from the ambient through the subtle to the overt. Can you give examples of each type?
Q> Is narcissism reversible? Can it be cured? Contained? Restrained? Is there such thing as transient narcissism or a mere passing narcissistic reaction?
Q> What is the difference between Inverted ("covert") Narcissism and Co-dependence?
Q> Should I stay with him?
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