Understanding One of the Greatest Psychological Challenges of Our Time—and What You Can Do About It
“Narcissism” is one of the most popular buzzwords of our time—but what is it, really? According to Dr. W. Keith Campbell, one of the premier experts on narcissism and its effects on society, there’s an important reason why the term is on everyone’s mind: narcissism has quietly grown to near-epidemic proportions across the globe, impacting every sector of society from business and politics to education and medicine. In the midst of this upsurge, he hopes to dispel the myths and mistaken assumptions about narcissism.
In The New Science of Narcissism, Dr. Campbell pulls back the curtain on this frequently misused label, presenting the most recent psychological, personality, and social research. He reveals that not only does narcissism occur on a spectrum, almost everyone exhibits narcissistic tendencies in their day-to-day behavior.
Drawing from real-life incidents and case studies, The New Science of Narcissism offers tools, tips, and suggestions for dealing skillfully with behaviors on all points of the narcissistic spectrum. Dr. Campbell also examines the recent spike in these tendencies in public spaces such as social media and niche subcultures.
When dealing with narcissism and other personality disorders, knowledge truly is power. With The New Science of Narcissism, you can cut through the fog of misunderstanding, discover that narcissism is not insurmountable, and move toward healthier, happier relationships.
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“Narcissism is both widely discussed and widely misunderstood—which is why the world desperately needs a book like The New Science of Narcissism. Campbell and Crist explode the myths around narcissism and, in its place, build a solid understanding of what narcissism really is and how it displays itself across so many realms, from relationships to the workplace to social media. The New Science of Narcissism will give you what you need to better manage narcissism no matter where or how you experience it.
—Jean M. Twenge, PhD, author of iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood
“This is a fascinating journey into research and theory on narcissism, from one of the world’s leading experts on the topic. Although there is plenty of science, there are also concrete and useful tips on how to work with narcissists on a practical level. Most surprising is that they also consider the beneficial sides of narcissism, with suggestions on how to work with rather than against the narcissists who are an unavoidable part of the social world.”
—Kristen Neff, author of Self-Compassion
“This book provides a comprehensive, clear, and easy-to-read account of what we know and don’t know about narcissism, guided by both influential theoretical accounts as well as the increasingly large and sophisticated research literature. Keith Campbell, a leading researcher in narcissism, presents this information in a down-to-earth, funny, and easily digestible manner that makes for a fun and breezy read on this important topic.”
—Joshua Miller, PhD
“This is an incredibly timely book given the prevalence of narcissism in politics, boardrooms, and social media platforms in the world today. This book arms you with the latest science to not only understand narcissism in its many forms—from the trait to the disorder—but also to apply it to your own life so that you can live your best life. This book is for everyone interested in learning more about this fascinating and often misunderstood topic.”
—Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, author of Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization
“The New Science of Narcissism offers a comprehensive understanding of narcissism, a personality disorder that wreaks havoc on relationships. With historical examples, pop cultural references, and other sources that give insight into this malignant phenomenon, this fascinating and important book is also peppered with Campbell’s down-to-earth wit and humor.”
—Karyl McBride, PhD, author of Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers and Will I Ever Be Free of You? How to Navigate a High-Conflict Divorce from a Narcissist and Heal Your Family