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Setting the Record Straight about Sam Vaknin

Just to set the record straight:

My books are based on the latest research in the field and on scholarly works by the leading experts on personality disorders. Many of the chapters contain detailed bibliographies.

My book - Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited (now in its eighth, revised, impression) and the content of my Web site:

are based on correspondence since 1996 with hundreds of people suffering from the Narcissistic Personality Disorder (narcissists) and with thousands of their family members, friends, therapists, and colleagues.
I, myself, have been diagnosed with the disorder (twice) and spent time in therapy and almost a decade discussing it in depth (mainly through correspondence) with mental health professionals the world over.

My online mailing lists alone sport well over 26,000 members - of which 1000 are therapists, social workers, psychiatrists and psychologists - for example here:

Everything I write is backed by extensive bibliographies. You can download some of them here:
That NPD is incurable is the view of virtually all major scholars in the field - not only mine.

My Web site contains over 1100 pages of content - a total of 15,000 print pages, full text online, at no charge.

Out of 30 books I wrote, I offer 24 here for download at no charge (hardly a commercial practice):


I never claimed to be a mental health professional. The disclaimer on my Web site is unequivocal:
But I am certified by Brainbench in Counselling Techniques (with a very high mark):

Brainbench are an online certification agency. Anyone and everyone can access their Web site and take their tests. BUT, the tests are very difficult, time limited, and you still have to PASS the tests to get a certificate! And they have a very impressive roster of clients:

"By partnering with Brainbench, 6 million members have advanced their skills and their careers, and over 4,000 businesses have found better ways to screen and select candidates, track and develop employee skills, and differentiate employees to current and prospective clients.

Corporate clients include numerous members of the Fortune 500, various U.S. Government agencies, and several universities and colleges.

Brainbench is ISO 9001:2000 certified! We are the first online testing company to obtain this accomplishment for its test development process."
As I said, I am the author of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited". The media and many mental health professionals seem to think that my work makes me an authority on narcissism.
See this random selection I Googled:
What mental health professionals say about my work:
My work is quoted in more than 100 scholarly works (search for "Sam Vaknin" on Amazon and on Google Scholar):
Click on these links as well:
You can download some of the scholarly and media articles which cite my work here:
Sunday Times
Channel 4 (UK) Documentary Egomania


New York Times

The Washington Post

USA Today

New York Post

"Sam Vaknin is the world’s leading expert on narcissism."

Tim Hall, New York Press, Volume 16, Issue 7 - February 12, 2003

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

"Vaknin’s a respected expert on malignant narcissists ... He set about to know everything there is about the psychopathic narcissist."

Ian Walker, ABC Radio National Background Briefing, July 18, 2004

The Infinite Mind radio program

United Press International (UPI)

Cal Thomas column

Toronto Sun

CanWest News service and Newspapers Network
You can find the full texts of these articles here:

Santa Cruz Sentinel

You can learn more about me and my work here: (scroll down to section
titled "Sam Vaknin, NPD") (my journal) (short fiction) (poetry)


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Re: Setting the Record Straight about Sam Vaknin

 Hello Sam,

You have Shared, and Shared and gave and I appreciate a lot, and my family appreciate as well. You have given a lot and maybe when you expect the least there will be good coming your way.

With respect, Zlata
Dec/26/2008, 9:25 am Link to this post  
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Re: Setting the Record Straight about Sam Vaknin

Hi Dr Vaknin,

After my most recent encounter, I don't know why but I had this HUGE urge to google my ex's behaviours and see what it threw up - I just knew there was something more wrong with him than he claimed (ex-crack addict with ADHD and past alcoholic with two DUI's, etc).

Thankfully, what the google search came up with was your site. It answered everything all in one fell swoop - I'm not one for "magical thinking", but that co-incidence could have persuaded me there might be something to it.

What your informations did, though, was give me an excrutiatingly accurate map of who he is, where he'd put me and, most importantly, how to find my way out of the maze/daze.

As far as I am concerned, there is little to say to or about you other than an almighty "Thank You".

Dec/31/2008, 3:48 pm Link to this post  

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