The embedded audio at the bottom of my post offers an excellent overview of narcissism and psychopathy. If you've been using the Internet to learn about pathology, you'll recognize some of the psychologists, specialists, and/or authors being interviewed by Jari Chevalier. Most of them have popular books and websites.
These specialists are heroes to people like myself; such as Dr. Nina Brown who early on, offered advice to people who could not walk away from narcissistic relationships and for good reasons. I'm one of those people and it was crucial for me to learn about narcissism to protect myself from the narcissist's projections; and to protect the narcissistic person from my ignorance. Because you see, if you don't understand the narcissistic personality, your assumptions and expectations about human nature will drive you to frustration---not to mention the narcissist's frustration with you. That's why my sidebar has a little picture with the quote "Learn, unlearn, and relearn" and you're never too old to do that.
Besides, in our me-me-me society, understanding the narcissistic personality has become our civic duty. I'm kidding a little on that point but not too much. It's impossible (though some people fantasize about it) to get away from narcissists completely because they're your bosses, your parents, your child, your spouse, your neighbor, your doctor, your favorite local barrista. So I completely agree with Dr. Stout and Jari Chevalier: we need to find a humane way to deal with the problem of narcissism and psychopathy.
I hope everyone finds something useful in this audio presentation and if you want to talk about any of the points being discussed, feel free to leave a comment!
"Narcissists and Sociopaths have always been among us and yet recent research brings us new understanding of just what these serious emotional disabilities are; what causes them, how prevalent they are, and how studying them helps us to draw the connections between psyche and society.
Join host/producer Jari Chevalier as she talks with experts Dr. Nina W. Brown, Dr. Linda Martinez-Lewi, social worker Lisa Charlebois, Dr. Philip Zimbardo, Gabor Mate, MD, Dr. Sandy Hotchkiss, Dr, Scott Baum, and Dr, Martha Stout. Narration includes in-depth research and synthesis of the work of these and many researchers and healers.
Learn just how and why narcissists and sociopaths might be a bigger part of your life than you imagined. We focus on the many factors of unreality inherent in these personality structures and how they spin unreality into the world." ~Website Link