BookChums interviews celebrated author Sam Vaknin BookChums interviewed Sam Vaknin, editor, columnist, psychologist, financial advisor & consultant, and author of the popular book, Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited. This book is a treatise on
BigNews.Biz - Apr 24,2012 - April 23, 2012, Pune, India: BookChums interviewed Sam Vaknin, editor, columnist, psychologist, financial advisor & consultant, and author of the popular book, Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited. This book is a treatise on narcissism and explores the depth of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder and how individuals afflicted with this disorder tend to abuse others; thereby destroying relationships. In this witty and crisp interview, he described his writings and interests.
Vaknin discussed his need to ‘garner attention’ and how it is both the ‘fuel’ in which he thrives and the ‘drug’ to which he is ‘thoroughly addicted’. He also traced his journey as a writer; as a child, he slogged to ‘merely survive’ until he discovered the ‘omnipotence of the word’. He added that via ‘syllables’, ‘I was able to motivate others to do my bidding; to induce emotions; to draw attention to myself; to generate shared fantasies; to make a generous living; and to get out of harm’s way. It was nothing short of magic’. He described pathological narcissism as a narcissist’s false-self projection to shirk away from hurt, abuse, and dejection. The false-self is ‘perfect’ and it is everything a victim is not and his book reveals that narcissists are identifiable and once identified, they can be manipulated too. Therefore it illustrates a note of optimism to the victims of all narcissists.
Sam Vaknin also described his love for watching movies, reading thrillers bordering on the pulp, and writing. He spoke about the importance of self publishing to aspiring writers and keeping writing short and simple.
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