Narcissism And The Arts

I’ve been asked so often to recommend books, movies, TV shows that depict the various forms and degrees of severity of narcissism. Here is my list and I hope it sheds some light on the subject for all of you.

Ordinary People – 1981: Narcissistic mother – Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland
East of Eden – 1955: Narcissistic father – James Dean and Raymond Massey
Postcards From the Edge – 1990: Narcissistic mother – Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine
August Osage County – 2013: Narcissistic family structure – Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep
To Die For – 1995: Narcissistic young woman – Nicole Kidman and Joaquin Phoenix
What About Bob – 1991: Narcissistic patient – Bill Murray
The Devil Wears Prada – 2006: Narcissistic boss – Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway
Mommy Dearest – 1981: Narcissistic mother – Faye Dunaway
Sleeping with the Enemy – 1991: Narcissistic husband – Julia Roberts
Gone Girl – 2014: Narcissistic wife – Ben Afflect and Rosemund Pike
About Schmidt – 2002: Narcissist father/husband – Jack Nicholson
Gaslight - 1946: Narcissistic husband – Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman. This is the film that started it all and is the origin of the term “gaslighting”

Sybil – 1976: narcissistic psychotic mother – Sally Field
Shameless – 8 seasons currently on Showtime Network: Narcissistic father and mother- William H. Macy
Waco – Currently on FX: narcissistic cult leader – Taylor Kitch and Michael Shannon

Will I Ever Be Good Enough, 2009; Dr. Karyl McBryde
Why is it Always About You? 2003; Sandy Hotchkiss
Disarming the Narcissist, 2013; Wendy Behary
Narcissistic Personality Disorder, 2016; Amber Lynne
The Narcissist You Know: Defending Yourself Against Extreme Narcissism in an All-About-Me World; 2016; Joseph Burgo
The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists; 2002; Eleanor Payson

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"Know that you are more than your scars. 

Know that every wound that you have healed along the way has taught you what it is to fight back. 

To start again from where you are and with what you've got. 

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The future can be better and can be brighter and we each have it within us to make it so." 

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