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Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving & Thriving with the Self-Absorbed | [Wendy T. Behary]

Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving & Thriving with the Self-Absorbed

Disarming the Narcissist is a step-by-step guide to treating and communicating with narcissists with compassion and empathy in a way that still preserves the listener's personal boundaries and sanity.
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Publisher's Summary

Disarming the Narcissist is a step-by-step guide to treating and communicating with narcissists with compassion and empathy in a way that still preserves the listener's personal boundaries and sanity.

©2008 Wendy Behary (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Behary's book will surely provide help to many in need of a confidence bolster in the face of provocation." (Publishers Weekly)

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    N 07-21-12
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    "Extremely helpful"

    If you are dealing with this personality type in your life I believe this information can help you understanding some of the confusion & frustration you're undoubtedly feeling. The author begins by discussing different "schemas" (an organized pattern of thought or behavior), then describes several techniques for more effective communication.

    Although I definitely think the narration should have been better, the information, at least for me, was valuable.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Helen R. 04-09-13
    Helen R. 04-09-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Content - Agrivating delivery"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I believe this book contains useful information but the narration was delivered in an overheated lecture-style that really irritated me. I did not enjoy listening to the material at all.


    What was most disappointing about Wendy T. Behary’s story?

    The sentences were broken up into fraggments so they did not make sense. You had to listen really hard to get the message.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could have spoken in a less intense manner with a bit more variation in the way she spoke. It was not pleasant listening to her.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Rowe 04-23-12
    Ruth Rowe 04-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Clears the smoke put up by the Narcissist"

    Great information. The narcissist is a tricky and manipulative creature. This book puts them and their motives out in the open. There is also excellent information that teaches you the how's and why's they love to push all your buttons.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Danny Derby largo 06-03-12
    Danny Derby largo 06-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good read for people dealing with Narcissist"

    If you are a therapist this is a good read for your clients (even those who are narcissists). Very informative and gives a taste of Schema therapy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Greenville, SC, United States 03-05-12
    Dawn Greenville, SC, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011

    I live in SC and enjoy books! Animals too.

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    If you could sum up Disarming the Narcissist in three words, what would they be?

    It really keyed in on the subject. Would help peers involved with Nars.


    Would you recommend Disarming the Narcissist to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, it helps to listen to solutions to certain problems.


    What three words best describe Jo Anna Perrin’s performance?

    Clear,honest and informative


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Franklin, MA, United States 02-04-13
    Lawrence Franklin, MA, United States 02-04-13
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    "Very Informative"

    This book had great information on how to deal with a narcissist that is in your life. Gave good examples of the dynamic that occurs in such relationships as well as ways to approach each issue.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Brooklyn, NY, United States 03-23-12
    Josh Brooklyn, NY, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not what I was expecting"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Personally, I didn't enjoy the narrators voice. She did a fine job, but for me, it was sometimes hard to listen to (her voice is unusually high pitched and her inflection got on my nerves, but that's just me). The book didn't go into as much detail about the condition of narcissism as I was hoping for. Moreover, the book delt with the personality type that typically gets into trouble with narcissist and what those types of self-subjugating and want-to-please-everyone people can do when


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wendy T. Behary again?

    Probably not.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think the narrator has her own voice and style. I happened to not enjoy listening to it. That's personal taste. Some might find her pleasant. I found her annoying. I take full responsibility for this opinion. She did nothing wrong.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. It's not that kind of book.


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia J. Hakansson Lancaster, NH USA 07-07-12
    Cynthia J. Hakansson Lancaster, NH USA 07-07-12 Member Since 2013

    Cyndy H.

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    "Enlightening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but possibly with some additional warnings about protecting his/her emotional and physical safety and recommendations for other books with more detail on how to actually do that.


    Have you listened to any of Jo Anna Perrin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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