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Why Is It Always About You? : The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism

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In this groundbreaking book -- the first popular book on narcissism in more than a decade -- clinical social worker and psychotherapist Sandy Hotchkiss shows you how to cope with controlling, egotistical people who are incapable of the fundamental give-and-take that sustains healthy relationships. Exploring how individuals come to have this shortcoming, why you get drawn i ...more
Trade Paperback, 215 pages
Published August 7th 2003 by Free Press (first published 2002)
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Kei
Jun 22, 2007 Kei rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who has ever crossed paths with a narcissist...they are more prevalent than you think!
The subject matter of this book is very important. Once you come to understand what defines a narcissistic human being you will realize you may have had a boss, coworker, friend, lover or family member that portrays many narcissistic character traits. Nacissists often come off as outgoing and charismatic, however do not be fooled by the web that they weave.

For me, this book helped me to find some understanding and acceptance that I WILL NOT be able to understand why these people act the way the
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Naomi
"To do the job well, parents and caregivers need to have a realistic sense both of themselves and of the child, to be able to control their own aggressive impulses, and, most of all, to not use the child to meet their own needs" (47).

Strategies:
1. Know Yourself
2. Embrace Reality
3. Set Boundaries
4. Cultivate Reciprocal Relationships

"The issue is not whether someone is good or bad but whether you can deal with that person's particular shortcomings" (72).

"The tendency is to recreate the dramas of o
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Kathrynn
Found this book to be written more like an upper level textbook for someone already well versed in sociology and psychology. The foreword indicated this was in lay person's terms. I didn't find that to be necessarily true. This book was very short (197 trade paperback pages of info, the rest was index stuff) and each chapter was equally short--sometimes too short. Felt that many chapters left more questions than answers.

The author divided the book into 5 parts:
Part I: The Seven Deadly Sins of
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Melanie Kirdasi
I found the book to be written responsibly more to the layman's understanding with some simplification of the clinical knowledge of how the disorder is developed. This is useful because the writer places emphasis where it should be placed on the failure of proper structure,guidance,and nurturing during the developmental phase of a child and adolescent's life. Because of the pragmatic and direct approach it would allow the reader insight as to which rungs of the ladder are missing,why,and some aw ...more
Jean
All in all, a good read. The title of the Introduction is, "They Are Everywhere!" and narcissists are! In fact we have come to live in a narcistic culture, which means that in some ways narcissiam has come to be regarded as the norm. . . God forbid! The book is divided into five parts; The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism, Where Does Narcissim Come From?, Defending Your Self: Survival Strategies for a Narcissictic World, "Special People": The Narcissists in Your Life and Only You Can Prevent Narc ...more
Jenny
This book wasn't as helpful to my narcissist problems as The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists: Coping with the One-Way Relationship in Work, Love, and Family because it doesn't have a lot of practical how-to instructions; just a lot of ranting about how awful narcissists are. Duh--that's why I bought the book--I need instruction, not reiteration of the reasons I bought the book.
Bryan
Apr 19, 2013 Bryan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is a book I would recommend to everyone. The book is broken up into four parts. Part 1 is the Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism and a very good description of each behavior. Part 2 is devoted to the explanation of where Narcissism can come from. Part 3 is tips on how to defend yourself from each of the "sins" and ways to avoid being caught in the narcissist's web. Part 4 (and probably the most useful part) is the "Special People" section where Hotchkiss gives countless examples of narcissism ...more
Benan
Irvin D. Yalom’un okuduğum 2 kitabından aldığım lezzeti alamasam da bu kitabı okuyarak zaman kaybettiğimi düşünmüyorum. Örnek hikayeleri hem sayıca hem de nitelik olarak çok güçlü bulmadım. Kitabı çok daha iyi anlayabilmek için, öncesinde, en azından psikolojiye giriş anlamında genel çerçeveli bir kitap okumakta fayda var. Ne de olsa pek çok alanda olduğu gibi psikolojide de kullanılan kavramların içinin boşaltılarak ya da kasten çarpıtılarak bizlere sunulması gibi bir tehlike ile karşı karşıyay ...more
Seawood
This book opens reasonably well in terms of how to recognise narcissistic traits, and that was useful. Part 2 will have you examining your own behaviour for the same traits, particularly if you are reading because you have a narcissistic parent or child you're trying to understand. Be prepared, it may upset and worry you, so ensure you have someone to talk to. Part 3's survival strategies are ok as far as they go but would have benefited from more practical techniques for use "in the moment", an ...more
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
A very significant book that will help you identify and know how to deal with the dangerous, selfish, egotistical and toxic narcissists in your life. I read this book many years ago and intend to read it again. Most people don't even know how to recognise narcissists or know that the issues in the dynamics of the relationship is not really about them but the narcissist. That's the trick you see, the narcissist makes YOU believe it's your issues, your wrong perceptions, it's crazy making behavior ...more
Emily
Very well written with a balance between understanding and having compassion for someone with narcissistic tendencies and practical, straight forward advice on how to continue a relationship.

Here are my notes:

More typically, the shamelessness of the Narcissit comes across as cool indifference or even amorality. We sense that these people are emotionally shallow, and we may think of them as thick-skinned, sure of themselves, and aloof. Then , all of the sudden, they may surprise us by reacting t
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♥Xeni♥
The type of person with narcissistic tendencies is probably very familiar to all of us. This book first takes a look at what a narcissistic person is; which traits they express. Then where the issues stem from. After that it moves on to strategies of how you can defend yourself from these pervasively negative folks. Next, it focuses on more concrete situations where you might encounter narcissist, and how to emerge from such situations more or less unscathed, and lastly there are preventive mech ...more
Michelle
I have been reading both pop psychology books as well as novels about the relationship between a narcissitic mother and her child in the hopes of discovering the most effective ways to act in this circumstance when you do not want to completely sever the relationship. I did not find this book to be one of the better options although I did find the middle section of the book where the author explores particular relationships involving narcissism such as romantic relationships, work relationships ...more
Sarah
I went through various emotions when reading this book. First, it was a kind of comfort, because it described very accurately traits i feel like I'm encountering more and more the older I get. There's something comforting about having a name for a phenomenon and also about knowing that I'm not the only one observing it.

Second, it was a kind of unease, as I realized I had symptoms of both an enabler as well as of a narcissist (apparently many have at least a few symptoms of narcissism, but actua
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Mead Z
This book looks somewhat compassionately and objectively at both healthy and unhealthy narcissism. The author explores what causes cycles of narcism in human development, cultures, work places and families that we can all relate to. Since it seems to be a growing trait in our culture, it seems to help you know how to recognize and avoid being swept away in the pattern. It makes me want to learn more about impacts of various kinds of raising children through history and around the world. It is th ...more
Beneth
interesting; read it and you will recognize the people you have encountered in your life who are narcissists.
April
A good book about narcissism and what it is and how to avoid them that have it. :)
Michelle
Not particularly helpful or insightful.
Lucie Bowers
Very insightful..
Cinnemon
I've had one college course on Psychology, and can say, this book was easy to understand with limited experise in this area.

The first section focuses on the "7 Deadly Sins" of Narcissism and defines them with a simply overview. It's easy to discern what qualifies under each, and I found myself grouping people I know (including myself in some cases) into each heading. The book goes on to explain how to manage relationships with people that fall into a series of these definitions, as they relate t
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Sarri
Luin tämän kirjan suomenkielisen version "Miksi aina sinä", varsin osuva nimi mielestäni. Aidon, sairaalloisen narsismin vaikutuksista kärsivät niin narsisti itse kuin hänen ympärillään olevat ihmiset, joista suurin osa ei edes tiedosta tätä.

Kirjassa käydään läpi narsismin seitsemän syntiä: häpeämättömyys, maaginen ajattelu, ylimielisyys, kateus, vaativuus, hyväksikäyttö ja rajattomuus.

Narsismin perusta on kaiken ylle vyöryvässä narsistin häpeän tunteessa, jolle ei ole yleensä mitään järjellis
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Anti Wibawa
To my understanding, these days people commonly say the word of narcissist to what they consider as a self-love or self-reflection.. in fact, in another book this statement believed is a myth! actually not that simple. this book help me to discover who is a true narcissist around us to avoid unhealthy relationships AND understand ourselves, coz i dont wanna be a narcissist, do you?

This book is thorough and explain why a person can become a narcissist. This book underlined that narcissim in a fa
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Aerin
A very interesting book about how and why narcissism may arise and how it affects those with it and those around them. It also goes into many of the signs of narcissism and how to recognize it.

I first read this book in 2004 when I hadn't really read a lot of psychology or self help type books. I think at that time it was a little hard for me to read. Partly because I hadn't really read anything similar and I found some of the concepts new or difficult or strange and partly because of the place i
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Malin Snellman
I read this book in Finnish, but I did not find that version here, so I put it as the original. I liked it. Even though I do not agree with everything that was stated, the book made me think and I found it helpful - even though I do not have any "real" narcissists in my life, there is those that are in some ways "hard to get along with" and this book gives some excellent pointers how to better get along with "difficult" people.
Andy
I originally picked up this book in order to gain insight into the personalities of an ex-friend or two. What I found as I read the book, was that I recognized several more "toxic" persons I had encountered throughout my life in these pages than I expected, including ex-friends, women I had encountered, one of my most vexing bosses, and a couple of key family members.

Hotchkiss' book is a highly useful and important analysis of the narcissists who one encounters in one's life. Hotchkiss gives yo
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Alicia Boekhorst
This book opened my eyes. A man who cares only for himself can never show true compassion, empathy, or love if he is not the focus of those around him. I have had the sad luck to have known, fallen for, and loved this man. It is sad people like this exists, but even sadder is that I didn't see it from the beginning.
Boris
The book gets the job done. It explains narcissism and narcissism personality disorder - roots, visible symptoms, so forth. It talks about tactics to protect oneself from the influences of narcissists (know yourself, set boundaries, embrace reality, cultivate reciprocal relationships).

As for the writing, the tone gets a little whiny at times. It manages not to be super-dry, but it's also not riveting by any stretch of the imagination. Strictly "aight".
Anne Marie Macek
Although I did not like this book as much as "Children of the Self-Absorbed", this was a nice overview into the topic of narcissism and it's prevalence in our society. The book got a little preachy about narcissism being the root of all evil. But it also presented some good strategies for recognizing and coping with narcissism in families, relationships, the workplace, children and - yes - even in yourself. A good basic book for beginners in the topic, but I kept waiting for more concrete soluti ...more
Bookchick
I read this a number of years ago when interacting with a coworker who could be quite charming and funny. However, over time, I realized that she was also controlling and self-absorbed to the point of often negating me and my life. When I saw this book, I was finally able to put a name to her behavior. While I don't think that most people have full-blown Narcissistic Personality Disorder, there are, unfortunately, an awful lot of people with narcissistic behaviors, and this book is helpful in re ...more
Milka
A fascinating book on narcissists and how to recognize them around you. Hint: there are a lot of them, some of them a lot worse than others. The book explains the "seven deadly sins", i.e. the seven main characteristics of narcissistic people, each followed by advice on how to cope or detach from someone's hold. Unfortunately for the most extreme cases of narcissism, the only way to get rid of such person is to wait for them to find another victim to latch on and start abusing instead of you. In ...more
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