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Rethinking Narcissism

Craig Malkin, PhD

CE Credit: 5 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Test Only

Course Abstract

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source.


This CE test is based on Rethinking Narcissism (HarperCollins 2015, 256 pp.), which has enjoyed international expert and critical acclaim for its exciting blend of empirical rigor, practical strategies, and compelling narrative style. In it you’ll discover:

  • A new definition of narcissism, which clarifies the connection between healthy and unhealthy narcissism.
  • A novel, empirically-derived test, which encompasses both healthy narcissism and subtler forms of unhealthy narcissism.
  • Echoism, or a lack of healthy narcissism—what it is, and how to cope with it.
  • The 3 varieties of narcissists: introverted, extroverted, and communal.
  • A 2-part, attachment-based approach for reducing narcissistic behaviors.
  • 8 evidence-based parenting strategies for promoting healthy narcissism.
  • 6 empirically informed approaches for dealing with unhealthy narcissism at work.
  • SoWe: 5 empirically grounded rules for healthy social media use.

Throughout, you’ll find easy-to-follow templates and concrete examples for helping people who suffer from either too much—or too little—narcissism. 

Course #50-16 | 36 posttest questions 

Learning Objectives

1.Define narcissist and critique the claims of “a narcissism epidemic” using the latest research
2.Describe the narcissism spectrum and how healthy narcissism becomes pathological
3.Assess and empower clients who struggle with narcissism deficits, or “echoism”
4.Identify the defenses common to all narcissists and help them cope in healthier ways
5.Describe evidence-based strategies to: help clients cope with narcissistic love ones; recognize dangerous narcissism sooner; and leave when necessary
6.Identify methods to help clients deal with unhealthy narcissism in the workplace, in children, and in social media, using strategies drawn from the latest research

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635).


This test-only course provides instant access to the CE test that enables you to earn CE credit for reading a published course book (book NOT included in your course enrollment). After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to Download/Print or Take CE Test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course book).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Craig Malkin, PhD is a psychologist, author and Director of YM Psychotherapy & Consultation, which provides psychotherapy and couples workshops. He’s a former Chief Psychologist for Cambridge Hospital, and currently teaches at Harvard Medical School.  As a blogger for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post he frequently writes about psychology and relationships and works with media outlets such as Time Magazine, the The New York Times, and NPR.  His new, critically acclaimed book, based on his preliminary research with the Narcissism Spectrum Scale (NSS), is Rethinking Narcissism: The Bad—and Surprising Good—About Feeling Special.

Author Disclosure:

Financial: Dr. Malkin receives author royalty payments from Harper Collins.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 

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