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Sam Vaknin's Writings

Short Story
The Victims of the Narcissist
Aug.16.2008
By Sam Vaknin Author of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited" 1. The Sinking My marriage aborted, my private practice stillborn, I packed stale possessions in two flabby suitcases and bade my sterile apartment a tearless goodbye. On the spur of the moment, I had applied a fortnight before to a government post and, to my consternation, had won it handily. I...
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NGOs are a manifestation of Cultural Narcissism?
Aug.16.2008
By Sam Vaknin Author of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited" Their arrival portends rising local prices and a culture shock. Many of them live in plush apartments, or five star hotels, drive SUV's, sport $3000 laptops and PDA's. They earn a two figure multiple of the local average wage. They are busybodies, preachers, critics, do-gooders, and professional...
Column
The Narcissist and the City
Jul.09.2008
After the Rain - How the West Lost the East
By Sam Vaknin Author of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited" Frozen at an early morning hour, the stony hands of the giant, cracked clock commemorate the horror. The earthquake that struck Skopje in 1963 has shattered not only its Byzantine decor, has demolished not merely the narrow passageways of its Ottoman past, has transformed not only its...
Poem
Death
Jul.09.2008
The Suffering of Being Kafka
By Sam Vaknin Author of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited" My little brother cuts himself into existence. With razor tongue I try to shave his pain, he wouldn't listen. His ears are woollen screams, the wrath of heartbeats breaking to the surface. His own Red Art. When he cups his bleeding hands the sea of our childhood wells in my eyes wells in his...
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The Narcissist's False Self
Jul.09.2008
Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited
By Sam Vaknin Author of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited" Tom Georgiev shot me. Not literally, of course, yet, with a weapon as formidable as any gun: his camera. He was asked by The Sunday Times to take my portrait for an article about narcissism, one of my fields of interest. The photographer's worst enemy is his ego. A good photographer needs to...