Joseph Burgo, PhD, has practiced psychotherapy for more than thirty years and held licenses as a marriage and family therapist and clinical psychologist. He earned his undergraduate degree in English Literature at UCLA and both his masters and doctorate in Psychology at California Graduate Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Burgo has been quoted or featured as an expert on NPR and in publications such as USA TODAY, Glamour, The New York Times, and numerous other publications. As a writer on mental health topics, he is a regular contributor to The Atlantic and a frequent blogger for Psychology Today.
"Aninteresting and insightful book on a problem that confuses and
frustratesalmost everyone: narcissists and narcissistic personality
disorder. As theworld catches on to the importance of dealing with
narcissists effectively, this book will be one of the primers. It
describes a wide range of theirdysfunctional dynamics, as well as
revealing many of their childhood traumas. Dr.Burgo has provided an
important blend of wariness and empathy -- both fornarcissists and
for those who know them all too well."--Bill Eddy "co-author of
It's All Your Fault at Work: Managing Narcissists and Other
High-Conflict People "
"Joseph Burgo helps us recognize the variety of ways narcissism can look. By unveiling the early pain and trauma behind these extreme defenses, he not only gives us a way to make sense of these vexing and often cruel behaviors but to feel some compassion for those who, out of desperation, resort to them. A clear and useful guide to navigating the Extreme Narcissists in your life."--Jasmin Lee Cori, MS, LPC "author of The Emotionally Absent Mother and Healing From Trauma "
"A smart, fresh, andinvaluable guide to the types of narcissists and their behaviors, as wellas life- and soul-saving advice on how to deal with them or fend themoff."--Peg Streep "author of Mean Mothers "
"A terrific book! Dr. Burgo has written an extremely readable and clear exploration of Extreme Narcissists. He presents effective strategies for protecting your emotional well-being and your self-worth from their bewildering and often destructive behavior. I highly recommend this timely and important book."--Susan Forward, PhD "author of Toxic Parents and Mothers Who Can't Love "
"Dr. Burgo explores the many faces of narcissistic personality, among the least studied and understood of psychiatric conditions. In layman's language he describes various sub types of narcissism, venturing past the usual stereotypes of unsympathetic and unlikable grandiosity. Dr. Burgo presents guidance in dealing with 'the narcissist you know.'"--Jerold J. Kreisman, MD "co-author of I Hate You, Don't Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality "
"Engaging and spot on! Joseph Burgo explains the many faces of Extreme Narcissism and what you need to know to stay out of trouble."--Sandy Hotchkiss, LCSW "author of Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism "
"Freshinsight into the troubling narcissism epidemic, providing us with signs to helpus recognize and disarm 'the narcissist we know.' A fascinating, timely bookby a leading expert who offers a real guide to dealing with self-absorbedindividuals in our 'all-about-me' culture. Highly recommended!"--Michele Borba, PhD "author of UnSelfie "
"A guide for understanding our own narcissism and for figuring out the roles these people can play in our lives. Clear, easily digestible pop psychology."--Kirkus
"Just when we had girded ourselves against the sociopath next door, Burgo alerts us to the narcissist across the street. What a neighborhood!"--The New York Times Book Review
"Many of us hear the word 'narcissist' and automatically think about a self-absorbed person who constantly talks about himself--and yes, that's a very irritating (but small) part of it. ... It can be very difficult to know if he's simply charming because he's into you (normal), or he's charming because he's into you being into him (narcissist). ... Nobody wants that, so here's how to spot narcissists out there in the dating wild."--Glamour