Why does he do that? How did she mean that? Do you really think that you can figure out other people’s behavior? Or do you sometimes wonder what it is that motivates people to enter a stage, deliver top performances, blaze with anger, beg for attention, remain silent unrelentingly, turn away insulted and sulky, or to be manipulative and pull the strings from behind the scenes?
While narcissism in healthy doses is essential for the development of a healthy self-esteem, for performance and creativity, in excess it is the basis for grievances, neuroses, greed, and conflicts. A narcissist isn’t simply one who celebrates successes and needs praise like air to breathe, they are also the exhausting energy drainer, the silent sufferer, or, in the worst-case scenario, the psychopath. How can we recognize narcissists, what are their motives, and how can we protect ourselves from them?