Author(s): Dr. Jo Burgo
Are there people in your life who dominate every social situation or work meeting? In their presence, do you feel ignored, insignificant and even humiliated? If so, chances are that you are dealing with a narcissist. Extreme narcissists make up 5 per cent of the population. Chances are, you have a best friend, partner, mother, or boss who is a narcissist. Narcissists do not empathise; there is no give and take; they never admit mistakes. Narcissists deplete the confidence of those around them in order to stay on top. If you have one in your life, you need help. With more than thirty years of experience studying personality disorders and treating extreme narcissists, Dr Joseph Burgo has developed a useful guidebook to help you defuse hostile situations and survive assaults on your self-esteem should you ever find yourself in an extreme narcissist's orbit. Dr Burgo also examines our selfie-obsessed culture, and suggests that excessive social media activity may be breeding narcissism. He asks us to look at our own behaviour to identify the instances where our individual and occasional bouts of narcissism may be fuelling discord with our loved ones.
Joseph Burgo, PhD, has practiced psychotherapy for more than thirty years and held licenses as a marriage and family therapist and clinical psychologist. He earned his undergraduate degree in English Literature at UCLA and both his masters and doctorate in Psychology at California Graduate Institute in Los Angeles. Dr Burgo has been quoted or featured as an expert on NPR and in publications such as USA TODAY, Glamour, The New York Times, and numerous other publications. As a writer on mental health topics, he is a regular contributor to The Atlantic and a frequent blogger for Psychology Today.