The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed-in Your World (Paperback)

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A timely and provocative exploration of narcissism, from Donald Trump to Kanye West to Lance Armstrong, that shows us how to recognize and handle the narcissists we encounter every day. 
 
Narcissists are everywhere. There are millions of them in the United States alone: politicians, entertainers, businesspeople, your neighbors. Recognizing and understanding them is crucial to your not being overtaken by them, says Jeffrey Kluger in his provocative book about this insidious disorder.
 
The odds are good that you know a narcissist—probably a lot of them. You see them in your office, on TV, maybe even in the mirror. The odds are also good that they are intelligent, confident, and articulate—the center of attention.

With intelligence, sight and wit, Kluger explains the startling new research into narcissism and the insights that research is yielding. He explains how narcissism and narcissists affect our lives at work and at home, on the road, and in the halls of government; what to do when we encounter narcissists; and how to neutralize narcissism’s effects before it’s too late.

As a writer and editor at Time, Kluger knows how to take science’s cutting-edge research and transform it into perceptive, accessible writing—which he does brilliantly in The Narcissist Next Door. Highly readable and deeply engaging, this book helps us understand narcissism and narcissists more fully.

About the Author


Jeffrey Kluger is a senior editor and writer at Time. He is a coauthor of the bestseller Apollo 13 and the author of The Sibling Effect, SimplexitySplendid SolutionMoon Hunters, and two novels for young adults. Kluger lives in New York City with his wife and daughters.

Praise For…


“[This] well-researched and entertaining study of the syndrome du jour pulls in figures as varied as Lance Armstrong, Kim Kardashian, and Steve Jobs. It also names 'exploitativeness' and 'entitlement' as two of the narcissist’s calling cards.”
Slate

“Narcissists can be captivating people, and The Narcissist Next Door is a captivating book: meticulously researched, written with verve, and spiced with irresistible examples from the headlines and everyday life.”
—Steven Pinker

“We are surrounded by narcissists and from afar, they are often easy to like. They are famous entertainers, successful business people and politicians. The charm wears off quickly, though, if they get too close—your neighbors, friends or your own family. The brilliant Jeffrey Kluger, one of our country’s most admired science writers, has written a book that taught me a great deal, made me laugh out loud on a quiet airplane ride, and forced me to be introspective about myself and the people I love. Kluger gives a lot of himself in this book, deftly weaving cutting-edge science with poignant personal stories that are astonishingly candid, and at times very familiar. At the risk of sounding…well, narcissistic, I of course wondered if I fit any of the criteria. Chances are you are wondering the same thing. So open the book and find out.”
—Dr. Sanjay Gupta 

“This thoroughly engrossing book contains a plethora of information…anyone interested in psychology will find it an invaluable resource.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“Informative and engaging, Kluger’s account provides some effective tools for dealing with potential narcissists.”
Publishers Weekly


Product Details
ISBN: 9781594633911
ISBN-10: 1594633916
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: September 8th, 2015
Pages: 288
Language: English