03.4.17
Make March Break More Meaningful for Your Teens
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March Break 2017 is almost upon us and everywhere, parents of teens are scrambling to figure out how to occupy their kids' time for an entire week. Many parents are planning vacations, sports camp or some other fun activities for their teens, but I think that this is a missed opportunity. At a time when teenagers are more insolent...


03.1.17
Emily Esfahani Smith on Creating a Meaningful Life
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Lately, I’ve been thinking about what it takes to live a good life. With all the challenges that we face, with regard to our family, work, health, finances or political situation, it can be difficult to carve out a life that feels satisfying, fulfilling and worthwhile. Fortunately, I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to interview...


03.1.17
Six Simple Tips for Workplace Success
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The workplace can be a real minefield of challenging interpersonal dynamics, so I've updated this article for 2017. Here are six helpful tips for being more successful at work. 1: Take responsibility for yourself. No-one respects a colleague or employee who blames others for their problems or mistakes. No-one trusts such a...


02.23.17
What Happens to the Children of Extreme Narcissists?
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I recently wrote a post about who marries an extreme narcissist. Now, I'm going to talk about what happens to the children of extreme narcissists. In my practice as a psychiatrist, I've encountered many such children and they've all been adversely affected by having one or both parents with this personality type. The child who...


02.15.17
Who Marries an Extreme Narcissist?
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Recently, it was Family Day, and I got to thinking about all the different types of families there are: single-parent families, blended families, LGBTQ families, mixed-race families, multi-faith families. The family that I'm most interested in these days is that of the extreme narcissist. I'll follow this post with one about the...


02.8.17
What Do Serial Killers, Crack Addicts and Greedy Billionaires Have in Common?
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On the surface, violent serial killers, crack addicts searching for their next hit and insatiably greedy billionaires don’t seem to have very much in common, if anything at all. But they’re a lot more similar than we might think. What all these people share is the fact that their actions are driven by a powerful need within...


02.3.17
A Call to Action Against the Powerful Extreme Narcissists Who Want to Silence Us
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In the wake of recent US events, I've been thinking a lot about extreme narcissists. Whether they're a boss, a colleague or an employee, a parent or a sibling, a lover or a spouse, the CEO of a corporation or the president of a country, all extreme narcissists have the same reaction to being questioned, challenged or opposed. That...


01.31.17
What is Real Love?
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These days, the subject of love is on everyone's mind. But what is real love? To me, it's a deep appreciation of the other person, a sense of gratitude for knowing them and a powerful desire to be a part of their life. Real love isn't about finding a person who can fulfill some sort of role for us, whether it's spouse, lover or...


01.31.17
You Can Be Your Own Valentine
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As Valentine's Day approaches, single people everywhere are beginning to panic. Maybe you're one of them. Do you ask yourself, “What am I going to do?” “Who am I going to see?” “How am I going to feel?” The idea of being alone on Valentine's Day fills you with dread. But it doesn't have to be that way. Regardless of your...


01.21.17
Let’s Wake Up to the Toxic Narcissists Among Us
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It's 2017 and extreme narcissists are among us. These toxic individuals are a real problem, as they're destructive, and often dangerous. When an extreme narcissist holds a position of power, say, as the head of a corporation or a country, we're in a mess of trouble. What makes someone an extreme narcissist? It's a combination of...


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