Malignant Narcissism: Recognizing a Dangerous Disorder

by
Cary Stacy Smithauthor
Li-Ching Hungauthor
Malignant Narcissism: Recognizing a Dangerous Disorder

20210228

Praeger

Pages 232
Topics Classes of Medications;Covert Narcissists;Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders;Exhibitionistic/High-Functioning Narcissists and IQ;"Healthy Narcissism";Heritability/DNA Research;Malignant Narcissists versus Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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Malignant Narcissism: Recognizing a Dangerous Disorder

Author(s): Smith, Cary; Hung, Li-Ching;
Contributors: Smith, Cary; Hung, Li-Ching;
Abstract:

In this book, a psychologist and a professor detail the history, psychology, and effects of this little-studied condition that has altered individuals and societies worldwide, arguing that the disorder deserves its own classification.

Psychoanalyst Erich Fromm in 1964 developed the term "malignant narcissism," believing it to be the worst form of psychopathology, a disorder that essentially epitomized evil. Malignant narcissism, however, has never been identified as a clinical condition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; instead, it is seen as a conglomeration of several other disorders.

Yet researchers since Fromm have described malignant narcissists as unique in their callous nature and proclivity to extreme violence, with a component of sadism bringing them pleasure when inflicting pain. The largest concern about malignant narcissists is that "some have the ability and wherewithal to rise to great positions of power and influence" and to affect large numbers of people.

Authors Smith and Hung explain the differences between malignant narcissists, "everyday" narcissists, and psychopaths, illustrating these conditions with vignettes of historic public figures and people in popular culture, among others.


  • Illustrates concepts through case studies from history and popular culture and of prison inmates
  • Explains how malignant narcissism differs from psychopathy and related disorders
  • Details the absolute characteristic that sets this disorder apart from others: sadism
  • Addresses theories and research on this disorder as well as treatments and medications
  • Includes a bibliography

SortTitle: malignant narcissism: recognizing a dangerous disorder
Keyword(s): Classes of Medications; Covert Narcissists; Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; Exhibitionistic/High-Functioning Narcissists and IQ; "Healthy Narcissism"; Heritability/DNA Research; Malignant Narcissists versus Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Author Info:
Cary Stacy Smithauthor
Li-Ching Hungauthor
eISBN-13: 9781440874079
Cover Image URL: ~~FreeAttachments/9781440874079.jpg
Print ISBN-13: 9781440874062
Imprint: Praeger
Pages: 232
Publication Date: 20210228