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Sam Vaknin (bio)
Teaching Positions Held
Visiting Professor of Psychology in Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Professor of Finance and Psychology in SIAS-CIAPS (Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies)
Membership in Organizing Committees of International Conferences - Click HERE!
In the Press
Click HERE to Download Videos about narcissists, psychopaths, and abuse in relationships
Member of the Academia.edu Editor Program
Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Psychiatric Studies
Member of the Editorial Board of CPQ Neurology and Psychology
Member of the Editorial Board of Addiction Research
Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Addiction Research
Member of the Editorial Board of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Associate Editor of International Journal of Arts and Humanities
Member of the Editorial Board of Psychology Research
Member of the Editorial Board of Psychology and Mental Health Care
Member of the Editorial Board of Clinical Depression
Member of the Editorial Board of Applied Psychiatry
Member of the Editorial Board of Asclepius Medical Case Reports
Member of the Editorial Board of Bipolar Disorder (Open Access)
Member of the Editorial Panel of EC Neurology
Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Addiction and Prevention
Member of the Editorial Board of Annals of Psychiatry and Treatment
Member of the Editorial Board of Open Access Journal of Behavioural Science and Psychology
Neuroscience and Mental Disorders, Rome, July 2019 and London, May 2020 (2nd Edition)
Global Colloquium on Astrophysics and Particle Physics, Rome, May 2020 (Experts Advisory Board)
Papers Published 2018-
Cold Therapy and Narcissistic Disorders of the Self, Journal of Clinical Review and Case Reports, Volume 3, Issue 6, 2018
Narcissistic disorders of the Self as Addictions, Journal of Addiction Research, Volume 2, Issue 2, 2018
Narcissists as Patients and Survivors of Accidents, Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy, Volume 8, 2018
Brain Injury and Trauma and Changes in Personality, Journal of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Brain Research, Volume 2019, Issue 1
Narcissism, Shame, Happiness, EC Psychology and Psychiatry, 8.3 (2019): 242-245
Education as a Public Good, Journal of Educational and Psychological Research, Vol 1, Issue 1, 2019
Misdiagnosing Personality Disorders as Anxiety Disorders (Notes to the Therapist), Journal of Psychiatry and Mental Health Behavior, Vol 1, Issue 1, 2020
The content of this Web site is based on correspondence since 1996
With more than a thousand people diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (narcissists)
And with tens of thousands of their family members, friends, therapists, and colleagues.
I am Sam Vaknin, author of "Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited" , a pioneering work of reference, now in its 10th, DSM-5 compatible revision, about Narcissistic Personality Disorder and of other books about personality disorders.
I have been studying pathological, malignant narcissism for several years now, mostly in the following contexts:
I. Corporate settings and in Politics - click HERE for online resources
Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is a serious, often undiagnosed condition, frequently related to abuse in childhood.
In many cases the disorder compels the sufferer to become the abuser in turn.
Once almost unheard of, pathological narcissism is now considered to be at the heart of phenomena as diverse as corporate malfeasance, workplace bullying, the emergence of murderous dictatorships, domestic violence, and serial killings.
I would be delighted to assist you in putting together a report, a segment, an issue, an article, or series of articles - regarding this disorder.
Click here to review some ideas for articles!
I am also available for interviews.
Online Photo Exhibition: The Old-New Face of the Narcissist - Click HERE!!!
About me (download my bio)
I am the author of Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited, the pioneering work about narcissistic abuse, now in its 10th , DSM-V compatible revision. My work is quoted in well over 1000 scholarly publications and in over 3000 books (partial list here). My Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Abuse YouTube channel and my other channels have more than 25.1 million views and 107,000 subscribers.
The Web site "Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited" had been, for many years, an Open Directory Cool Site and is a Psych-UK recommended Site.
I served as the editor of Mental Health Disorders categories in the Open Directory Project and on Mentalhelp.net. I maintain my own Websites about the Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and about relationships with abusive narcissists and psychopaths here and in HealthyPlace.
You can read my work on many other Web sites: Mental Health Matters, Mental Health Sanctuary, Mental Health Today, Kathi's Mental Health Review and others. I write a column for Bellaonline on Narcissism and Abusive Relationships and am a frequent contributor to Websites such as Self-growth.com and Bizymoms (where I am an expert on personality disorders).
I served as the author of the Personality Disorders topic, Narcissistic Personality Disorder topic, the Verbal and Emotional Abuse topic, and the Spousal Abuse and Domestic Violence topic, all four on Suite101. I am the moderator of the Narcissistic Abuse Study List , the Toxic Relationships Study List, and other mailing lists with a total of c. 20,000 members. I also publish a bi-weekly Abusive Relationships Newsletter.
You can view my biography here.
I suggest you read this first, "What is Pathological Narcissism?"
How Can I help
Subject to appropriate credit, I would be happy:
I. To write materials for the article/issue
II. Collaborate with the authors/editors of the article/issue
III. Participate with an interview
IV. Grant you access to the members of my extensive e-mail lists (more than 6000 members)
V. Grant you permission to quote, at any length, from my books about narcissism (and especially from "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited")
VI. Provide oral or written background material.
I travel often but you can always contact me through my numbers in Macedonia or in Russia.
The local time is GMT+1 or EST+6.
I can be contacted by phone (or via Skype - click HERE to learn more):
(From the USA, also via WhatsApp or Viber)
(From outside the USA, also via WhatsApp or Viber)
email@example.com (Backup address. Kindly copy all correspondence to both e-mail addresses).
You May Wish to Start Here - click on these links to learn more:
Pathological narcissism is at the root of social ills as diverse as terrorism, corporate malfeasance, and crime.
Click HERE to download a ZIP file with:
Mirror, Mirror - Interview with the Toronto Sun and other interviews, chat transcripts, dialogs, bibliographies, and scholarly articles.
New Narc City: Sam Vaknin and the Narcissism of Wall Street (New-York Press)
Executives Are Smitten, and Undone, by Their Own Images (New-York Times)
Nobody Loves T.O. Like T.O. Loves T.O. (Washington Post)
Is your ego big enough to get ahead in the workplace? (The Telegraph)
The Monster in the Mirror (Sunday Times)
Faultless Nation by Cal Thomas
Celebrities Just Want to be Left Alone (USA Today)
Has your man got a cheating disorder (More! Magazine)
Are you dating a narcissist? Take our quiz (Metro newspapers)
Narcissistic personality disorder is not harmless behavior (Washington Times)
Crime and Terrorism
Shooting stirs gun debate (Prague Post)
Somatic Narcissist Killer (Canadian TV)
To learn about this disorder...
Personality Disorder and Pathological Narcissism at a Glance:
My work is quoted in more than 1000 scholarly publications and in over 5000 books
Search for "Sam Vaknin" on Amazon, Google, and on Google Scholar – or, Click on these links:
Citation of my work in scholarly journals (Google Scholar)
My work cited in well over 3000 books (Google Books)
My work cited in an additional 4000 books (Google Books)
My work on narcissism cited in the literature (Google Scholar)
Or, read these Introductory Chats about Narcissism:
Radio and TV Shows regarding Relationships with Abusive Narcissists
Abusers TV Shows
(Click "On Demand" at the bottom of the player and select the relevant shows on narcissism and abuse)
"I, Narcissist and Cruel" (Radio-Television Suisse)
How Narcissists Took Over the World (Vice UK)
Interview with Monda Williams - Click HERE to listen
Readers' reviews of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited":
(Or, click on this link - http://www.bn.com - and search for "Sam Vaknin" or "Malignant Self Love").
can also search my entire site:
1. Why do narcissists hate Christmas?
Click here to find out!
2. Narcissistic leaders, from Hitler to Bush (or Obama, or Saddam Hussein, depending on your political predilections)
Click here to learn more about narcissistic leaders.
3. Celebrity and induced (situational) narcissism
4. Corporate malfeasance and megalomania
Corporate narcissism is described here.
5. Divorcing a narcissist or a psychopath
Tips and advice available here.
6. Religion as narcissistic mass psychosis
Discover how narcissists abuse religion - click here.
7. Child prodigies sometimes develop into raging, malignant narcissists
The developmental path of a Wunderkind - click here.
8. Egomania in restrictive and disciplinarian institutional settings (prisons, hospitals, army)
For a detailed overview - click here.
9. Autism spectrum disorders (such as Asperger's Disorder) as Ego disturbances
Autism Spectrum Disorders are sometimes misdiagnosed as pathological narcissism - learn how this happens here.
10. Narcissism and genocide
A connection first suggest by Freud - read about the Narcissism of Small Differences here.
11. Narcissists and Psychopaths on the Internet
What the Media have to say
“Few people can claim to have increased the public awareness of NPD to such a degree.”
Times Weekend Magazine,
“Malignant Self-love (is a) ... magnum opus”
Yvonne Roberts, Sunday
"Sam Vaknin is the world’s leading expert on narcissism."
Tim Hall, New York Press,
Volume 16, Issue 7 -
Interviews (New-York Times, New-York Post, Washington Post and other major media)
"Vaknin’s a respected expert on malignant narcissists ... He set about to know everything there is about the psychopathic narcissist."
Ian Walker, ABC Radio National Background Briefing, July 18, 2004
What Mental Health Professionals and Authors have to
“Among many books published on the topic of pathological narcissism, this is by far the best.
It is highly recommended not only for the general public but also for professional therapists.”
(Akira Otani, Ed.D.,ABPH, University of Maryland)
“Seminal book on narcissism ... distinguished by its many ‘insider’ insights... depicts this personality disorder in ways that most readers, experientially, can easily relate to.”
(Psychology Today, written by: Leon F. Seltzer, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and author of “Paradoxical Strategies in Psychotherapy”)
"Sam is doing a great work on pathological narcissism.
His book "Malignant self love" is our first guideline in handling malignant types of patients in the forensic setting."
(Dr. Sanja Radeljak, MD, PhD, psychiatrist and forensic expert, Neuropsychiatric hospital "Dr. Ivan Barbot" Popovaca, Croatia)
“Sam Vaknin is the number one author in guiding this understanding - technically rich - and serious in details of specific dynamics other authors don't get ...
This is the one book to support professionals and people coming out of dysregulated families and dysfunctional relations.”
(Dr. Claudia Riecken, clinician and neuroscientist, Brazil)
“The book penetrates deeply into the narissist's mind and is filled with myriad gripping novel insights. It gives the reader a great insight into the fears, desires, defenses, and motives of the narcissist, as well as those in relationship with the narcissist.”
(Alison Poulsen, Ph.D.)
“Brilliant, insightful, extremely relevant, not only clinically, but practically, on a day to day basis.
This work can be immediately applied and be of assistance to our society at large.”
(Dr. Cyndie Spanier, Ph.D., Deputy Director at Pittsburgh Behavioral Medicine, LLC)
“Sam is a genius his work most inspiring not only to myself but to my colleagues as well.”
(Joan Jutta Lachkar, Ph.D., Affiliate Member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis and
Author of: How to Talk to a Narcissist; How to Talk to a Borderline; Narcissistic/Borderline Couples)
"Sam Vaknin is an expert on this field and presents his work clearly and with ease. I recommend this book most highly as awareness of NPD is crucial in this world today and Sam Vaknin gives his exclusive comprehensive understandings of this topic. This book will help you with human interactions in dealing with families, friends and co-workers.
This is a most valuable investment for you in reading and re-reading, to have in your library. This read is worth several therapy sessions I believe and more so in fact."
(Audrey Epstein, M.S. Ed., MPA)
“Clinicians, researchers and narcissistic abuse victims alike have benefited from this one-of-a-kind book about narcissistic personality disorder. As a psychologist who specializes in narcissistic abuse recovery, psychopathy, and narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), I endorse this book as an empowering clinical tool. This resource has helped me to form a clearer diagnostic impression of malignant narcissists who seek my help during episodes of desperation and withdrawal due to narcissistic supply depletion. Armed with a more comprehensive understanding of NPD, I feel calm and in control when ambushed by narcissistic rage during diagnostic interviews and psychotherapy sessions. Vaknin's familiar descriptions of psychological theory and clinical terminology are quite helpful in managing transference and countertransference issues in order to maintain healthy therapeutic boundaries. This book is an invaluable resource to mental health professionals to combat compassion fatigue and psychological abuse when working with cluster b personality pathology. I highly encourage clinicians to both read and reference Malignant Self-love to improve treatment outcomes for victims of narcissistic abuse.”
(Dr. April Jones, Licensed Psychologist in Chicago, Illinois, USA)
"Sam Vaknin's book is THE bible on Narcissism!"
Jo Fay, author of 'When Your Perfect Partner Goes Perfectly Wrong - Loving or
Leaving the Narcissist in Your Life')
"I consider this book to be the compass for Narcissistic Personality Disorder education" (Jen Emmerich, LMSW, ACSW)
"There is no more important work than this one on the subject ... You may very well discover yourself."
Bruce Ewart, III, Ph.D., author of 'Am I Bad')
"Read Malignant Self Love so you will understand that you are NOT crazy, you are just embedded in a crazy making relationship."
(Liane J. Leedom, M.D., author of
'Just Like His Father?')
"Vaknin's depth and breadth are unmatched anywhere else and by anyone else.
He knows everything there is to know about narcissistic and psychopathic abusers and how to cope with them effectively."
(Yomtov Barak, family therapist)
"I was stimulated just as I was challenged and enlightened."
(Robert L. Mueller, author of 'Bullying Bosses')
"The only source of such vast, serious, elaborated and thorough first-hand information about Narcissism available.
Useful for victims as well as therapists."
Nili Raam, author)
'Provides the partners, family and friends of NPD sufferers, and the sufferers themselves,
with deep insight into the numerous expressions of this devastating and often insidious disorder."
Veltheim, author of 'Beyond Concepts')
"One powerful healing tool in our therapy with these people is Dr. Vaknin's book.
The most accurate portrayal of the 'typical' cult leader we have ever seen."
Pardon, Director of MeadowHaven)
"A must read for psychologists, social workers, and all individuals who want to learn how to deal with the narcissists in their lives."
Anthony, teacher and author)
"Required reading for any codependent - to understand how the other side works."
Irene, psychologist and Webmistress of drirene.com)
"If you wish to get under the skin of a Narcissist, if you wish to get to know
how he thinks and feels and why he behaves as he does, then this is the book for you."
(Dr. Anthony Benis, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, and author "Towards Self and Sanity - On the Genetic Origins of the Human Character")
"Sam Vaknin is a leading authority on the topic of narcissism."
"I cannot recommend this book enough to those of you who have this disorder, to families and friends who are trying to understand."
(Patty Pheil, MSW, Mental Health Today )
"(T)his book is a must read and will give you insight into the emotionally destructive people in your workplace, your family and among your friends.
Sam Vaknin clears up the questions, confusion, and effects of dealing with narcissists: the book is well written, informative, and therapeutic. “
(Carolyn Reilly, MSW San Jose, Costa Rica)
"...This book has an important purpose. I am sure it will be appreciated in a library, classroom or among the mental health profession."
(Katherine Theriault, Inscriptions Magazine, Vol. 2, Issue 20)
“I challenge anyone to get this book, pick any page at random and not be impressed by the depth and quality of the unique insight into NPD that is provided there.
A truly excellent and thorough piece of work that solidifies Sam's position as the global authority on the subject of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.”
(Richard Grannon, Spartan Life Coach)
"Now, for the first time, a much-needed first hand account of what Narcissistic Personality Disorder is like. Offers insight and clarity."
(Howard Brown, 4Therapy )
“Sam Vaknin's study of narcissism is truly insightful. The author has done probably more than anyone else to educate others to this poorly understood condition. In this, his twelfth book, he shares his considerable knowledge and experience of narcissism in a comprehensive yet easy to read style.”
(The late Tim Field, Bully Online )
Sam has plugged all the loopholes, exposed all the plots, and
introduced a new language to confront the Narcissist. A
'hands-on' tool that can immediately bring relief. If you want to
breathe again, if you are at your wits end, if everything has been tried and
failed, if you NEED a change, then Malignant Self Love can give you your life
back. This book is a lifesaver!
(Kathy Stringer, ToddlerTime )
FIVE STAR rating at Barnes and Noble - Read what more than 200 readers have to say - Click HERE!
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