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I pulled a couple of great quotes from Dr. Craig Malkin, professor of psychology at Harvard:
“This is a typical matching: a Narcissist with a very nurturing person who is looking past some of the warning signs.”
“Lack of empathy is one of the hallmark characteristics of somebody diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Narcissists tend to be emotion-phobes. They are terrified of their own feelings of vulnerability. They feel deeply fragile inside and flawed and defective and they make up for it with a big outward show. They are afraid of going anywhere near vulnerability – they certainly don’t want to show theirs they don’t want to hear about yours.“.
“When I am teaching about it (NPD), the best depiction is the Wizard of Oz- this is a failed magician who pretends to be a great and powerful wizard capable of miraculous feats and magic but in reality behind the curtain there is this little man pulling leathers and manipulating and putting on a big show, very frail and very much human.”
“What we are hearing when you see someone who is lying a lot, when they are concerned with power, when they will hide things in order to advance themselves, now you are seeing a streak of something called psychopathy. You asked about the risks- If you are drawn into a relationship with someone who is Narcissistic and you don’t see that right away…it can do lots of damage to your life. A very charming, clever, attractive narcissistic individual who also has a streak of psychopathy just wreaks havoc. Together with another trait called, Machiavellianism, they form something called the ‘dark triad‘ and this is the most malignant form of narcissism that you can run into.”
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