RethinkingNarcissismhc_cThe Friends of the Belmont Public Library Author Series will be offering another great program on Thursday, October 1st at 7:30pm in the Assembly Room on the ground floor of the library.  Dr. Craig Malkin will talk about his book, Rethinking Narcissism: The Bad—And Surprising Good—About Feeling Special.
Dr. Malkin—a Harvard Medical School-affiliated psychologist with more than two decades of clinical experience—offers a radically new model for understanding this often misused term. Narcissism, he argues is essentially a spectrum of self-importance— and everyone falls somewhere on the scale between utter selflessness and total arrogance. When we casually invoke the term “narcissist,” most of us are referring to the shadowy outer edge of the spectrum, which can shade into dangerous psychopathy. Yet there are also those who live at the lower end of the spectrum—termed “echoists” by Dr. Malkin. These, too, are people we know; people so fearful of attention or acknowledgment or that they often seem to have no voice at all.
Drawing on his own research as well as the latest findings in psychology, Dr. Malkin explains why it’s essential to embrace some degree of narcissism in order to maintain a healthy sense of self-worth. Using a new diagnostic tool—the Narcissism Test—Dr. Malkin guides readers through the process of measuring their narcissism and offers insightful advice for promoting healthy narcissism in ourselves, as well as our partners, our colleagues, and our children.
This program will be free and open to the public.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.  The Assembly Room is handicapped accessible. For more information call the library at 617-489-2000.