This fall I have been exploring the personality characteristics and interpersonal dynamics of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. There have been several excellent references I have used in the writing of these articles. Here is a list of those resources; please note that it is not alphabetical, but rather in order of my favorites.
· You Might Be a Narcissist If . . .: How to Identify Narcissism in Ourselves and Others and what We Can Do About It. Meier, Paul M.D., Charlebois, Lisa L.C.S.W., Munz, Cynthia L.M.F.T. Langdon Street Press, 2009.
Dr. Meier’s book contains a helpful questionnaire to aid in the identification of narcissistic personality tendencies. He also discusses the role narcissism plays in parenting and marital relationships.
· Why is it Always About You? The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism. Hotchkiss, Sandy LCSW, Free Press, 2002.
Ms. Hotchkiss spends some time describing the development of narcissism. She suggests four helpful strategies when dealing with narcissists. There are also several chapters on special relationships, such as coping with a narcissistic boss, a substance-abusing loved one, and an aging parent, which addresses those four strategies in greater detail.
· Children of the Self-Absorbed: A Grown-up’s Guide to Getting over Narcissistic Parents. Brown, Nina EdD, LPC, New Harbinger Publications, Inc.; 2nd Edition, 2008.
Dr. Brown’s book is helpful in identifying destructive narcissism. She has many practical suggestions on developing and maintaining healthier boundaries with parents who are demanding and controlling.
· Loving the Self-Absorbed: How to Create a More Satisfying Relationship with a Narcissistic Partner. Brown, Nina Ed.D. LPC, NCC, New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2003.
Dr. Brown addresses unique boundaries and expectations that occur in love relationships with narcissistic partners.
· Personality Disorders (Diseases & Disorders). Marcovitz, Hal, Lucent Books, 2009.
Marcovitz provides a nice overview of personality disorders, including Narcissistic Personality Disorder. This book is written for clients and their families, and contains plenty of everyday examples of personality disorders.
Please join me in the new year when I start the next series of articles on Borderline Personality Disorder.
Have a wonderful holiday season!