Laurie Helgoe

Fragile Bully

Obsessive self-promotion, an aggressive triggering response, and retaliatory rants.
“Both sensitive and incisive, beautifully capturing the paradoxical dynamic of narcissism—that the grandiosity and surrounding bravado belies an underlying fragility and brittleness.” —Kenneth N. Levy, PhD, Associate Professor, Penn State University; Senior Fellow, Personality Disorders Institute, Cornell University
Even before Donald Trump entered America’s highest office, an international survey revealed that narcissism is part of the assumed “national character” of Americans. While only a small number actually meet the criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder, those exploitive few have a way of gaining center stage in our culture.
Fragile Bully: Understanding Our Destructive Affair With Narcissism in the Age of Trump looks beyond the sound bites of self-aggrandizing celebrities and selfish tweets to the real problem of narcissism. We see past the solo act to 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 affair leave both partners dehumanized and diminished. Once we recognize the steps in each dance, we can break the cycle and allow and the possibility of true engagement.
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    Артем Малахивскийmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    FRAGILE BULLY (noun): a person who repeatedly threatens and intimidates others—passively or aggressively—into feeding his or her grandiose self, while remaining convinced that he or she is the victim: narcissist.
    Артем Малахивскийmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    Do you have the friend who knows what to say when you need a lift?
    Do you have the intimate mirror who can help you see and tolerate the realities that make you cringe?
    Do you have people who see your gifts when they are invisible to you?
    Do you have people who are hard for you to understand and make you better for the challenge?
    Have you consulted someone outside your world, like a therapist, to be the mirror others are unable to provide? Therapy is valuable to the extent that it goes beyond what you want to hear to what you need to hear.
    Артем Малахивскийmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    For me it’s what I’m doing right now. The hard thing that allows me, once a quiet girl lost in a big family, to be part of the conversation.

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