A narcissist has a sense of entitlement, an outsized need to be admired, and persistent thoughts about being more remarkable than others, whether that means being more lovable or more successful. The overarching expression of this personality type is an obsession with self that prevents intimacy with others. While it is uncertain if narcissism is increasing, the outlets where narcissistic personality traits can be celebrated and put on display have increased. From Instagram to TikTok to reality TV, these media have brought narcissism into our lives and homes with increased frequency and intensity.

On the other hand, healthy vs. unhealthy Narcissism in Dr. Geraldine’s book, “BEYOND PIPE DREAMS AND PLATITUDES: Insights on Love, Luck and Narcissism from a Longtime Psychologist,” that unhealthy narcissism, which runs rampant in American culture, is quite different from the healthy variety that is the bedrock of self-love…