SelfWork YGTG: Do Empaths Actually Exist? Here’s The Debate!

Today’s “You Get the Gist” explains the four different types of narcissism. All of them share the major features of a constant need for admiration, an unrealistic sense of self-importance, a lack of empathy, and great difficulty forming meaningful relationships. What are they and how are both similar and dissimilar to one another? You’ll find out more.. but they are the grandiose narcissist, the covert narcissist, the communal narcissist (I’d never heard of that one..) and the malignant narcissist. I use the excellent work of Darlene Lancer, an attorney and a mental health clinician  (link below). However, I do offer one caveat – be careful about diagnostic labels. They were historically meant to aid in better communication but often go way beyond that.


Darlene Lancer Psych Central article

Article on covert narcissism

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