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Obsessive self-promotion, an aggressive triggering response, retaliatory rants…so goes the vicious cycle we now know too well.
America looks narcissism, and America loves to hate narcissists. Narcissism is part of the assumed ‘national character’ of Americans, according to a 2015 survey of views from home and aboard. While those meeting the criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the United States are actually quite few, those exploitive few have a way of gaining centre stage in our culture.
Fragile Bully: Understanding Our Destructive Affair with Narcissism looks beyond the sound bites of self-aggrandising celebrities and selfish tweets to the real problem of narcissism. We see past the solo act to the dance, the vicious circles that arise in relationships with a fragile bully, and how patterns like this generate both power and self-destruction. We also look at the problem of Echo, how so many of us get hooked by the narcissist, and how variations on the destructive dance leave both partners dehumanised and diminished. Once we recognise the steps in each dance, we start to see the way forward: beyond the rote responses that keep us stuck to an expanded repertoire that breaks the cycle and allows the possibility of true engagement.
A fascinating look at narcissism and the mind of the fragile bully, using the Trump presidency and other contemporary examples to underscore how this narcissism is fed by both supporters and detractors.
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