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Most people know someone who is a narcissist. In Gaslighting & Narcissistic Abuse Recovery, Don Barlow explains what a narcissist is and how to spot one. Then he takes time to advise on how to live with or deal with a narcissist. One could say that a narcissist is a legend in their own mind. Narcissism is a mental disorder; however, the person who has it can be helped. One of the problems is that a narcissist seldom sees that they need help with their “problem” because they don’t see their personality as a “problem.” Narcissists tend to use people. They use people to elevate themselves to the high and lofty positions they presume they rightly deserve. Most people who have Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) are expert manipulators.
Don Barlow calls on his years of experience and research to explain the workings of the mind of someone with narcissism in his book Gaslighting & Narcissistic Abuse Recovery. Since those with NPD tend to be emotionally and verbally abusive, Don spends time showing the reader how to escape the pit of abuse after exposing narcissists. Don takes time to explain words that might be unfamiliar to his readers. For instance, he explains that the word “gaslighting” came from a 1930s hit play where the husband tries to convince his wife that she is going crazy. Gaslighting is verbal and emotional abuse. Don writes in a way so that all readers can understand the psychological world of NPD. He writes to help those in the struggle of abuse find the escape hatch. His use of real-life stories is enlightening.