California U.S—In his book Confessions of a Zen Narcissist, author Larry White shares raw insight on the life of someone with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Freelance writer, power, and self-published author Larry White knows the challenges of living with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, as he identifies in his book Confessions of a Zen Narcissist. It is a brave and open account of life for someone with NPD.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder, NDP, is a personality disorder marked by an inflated sense of self importance, difficult relationship, excessive desire for attention, and a total lack of empathy (although the latter is not always a bad thing, as you’ll know if you read my article Why Being An Empath Is Killing You).
Confessions Of A Zen Narcissist Shares Deep Insight Into A Life With NPD
White has written an incredibly honest account of life with NPD, which, ironically, is not an easy thing for someone with NPD to do!
Despite the fact that most people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder appear, on the surface, to be self confident, NPD usually hides a real lack of self esteem , as White knows all too well. Speaking to California Herald, White revealed that “Underneath this facade is a frightened and insecure person who is fighting to make the world mirror back to him the image he wants but fears he doesn’t have. “
It’s a painful reality most people with NPD will immediately recognise.
Many people who have read Larry White’s book are inspired and impressed by his open honesty. One reader commented, “Confessions of a Zen Narcissist is incredibly open, honest and enlightening. I think anyone who thinks or knows someone who might be a Narcissist could highly benefit from reading this book.”
Living with Narcissistic Personality Disorder can be a real challenge. It effects everything from business life to relationships and even financial affairs. People with the condition are often deeply unhappy because they don’t receive the attention they so sorely desire. This need for attention and appreciation leads them to overinflate their successes or outright lie about them, to be preoccupied with ideas of power and success, and even to believe that they can only associate with people they perceive to be on their level (which is often no one).
The NDP personality, however, is often so deeply ingrained in a person’s psyche that they may not even be aware of it. As White says, “NPD is not a conscious disorder. It does not consciously manipulate or exploit. It is a worldview created without the awareness of the person who has it.”
Speaking about his own NPD, White says that of all the nine characteristics of NPD, he identifies most with the “The grandiose sense of self-importance.”
As a meditation teacher, I do wish that Larry White had share more of his insights into Zen Buddhism and how this effected his Narcissistic Personality Disorder. But he explained that the Zen aspects were not pivotal to the overall point of the book, and so removed much of it.
Either way, the sheer honesty and openness of this book makes it a genuinely valuable read for anyone suffering from NPD. I highly recommended that you take a look at it on Amazon.
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