Even before Donald Trump entered America’s highest office, an international survey revealed that narcissism is part of the assumed “national character” of Americans. While only a small number actually meet the criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder, those exploitive few have a way of gaining center stage in our culture.
"Fragile Bully: Understanding Our Destructive Affair with Narcissism in the Age of Trump" looks at the real problem of narcissism. We see past the solo act to the vicious circles that arise in relationships with a fragile bully, and how patterns like this generate both power and self-destruction.
Dr. Laurie Helgoe is an author, educator, and clinical psychologist with a special interest in the interactions between personality and culture. She is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences at the Ross University School of Medicine.