The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists: Coping with the One-Way Relationship in Work, Love, And Family (Unabridged)
by Eleanor Payson
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Every day, headlines are filled with examples of narcissistic individuals in positions of power who are nothing more than impostors plundering and wrecking havoc on the lives of others. From the financial barons of Wall Street to our elected officials, we are confronted daily with narcissists and the self-serving systems that enable them. Helping people reclaim their lives from this sinister exploitative force is the mission behind Eleanor Payson's The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists: Coping with the One-Way Relationship in Work, Love, and Family. Using simple metaphors from the American classic, The Wizard of Oz, Payson illustrates how Dorothy's journey captures all the seductive illusions and challenges that occur when we encounter the narcissist. Empowering the listener with the ABCs of unhealthy narcissism and the unique problems that occur when a person becomes involved with the narcissist, Payson gives step-by-step practical tools to identify, protect, and heal from these destructive relationships, which are largely un-addressed in the psychology and self-help literature. This ground-breaking book offers hope and help to those who have been drawn into these devastating relationships. She includes illuminating case studies that identify the problems that occur in the different types of relationships, from co-workers, to friends, to parents, to lovers. Listeners employing these insights and skills will find new abilities to identify and protect against the narcissist's manipulations and take back control of their lives.
This book is fantastic! I have had a Narcissist in my life for as long as I can remember. Listening to the book was rough to say the least but it's done with such compassion & the Narrator has such a calming voice it makes it not so hard to get thru. If you have someone in your life with NPD whether it be family, coworkers, or other this is a must read to keep your drama down & practical advice for how to minimize it's impact on your life while retaining your own sanity.
Well Worth Your Time!!
I found this book to be very enlightening as well as informative. We are all surrounded by many people whose goal is to control us and all situations. The examples found in The Wizard of Oz and other Narcissists points out not only the techniques that these folks use, but also practical advice on how to protect ourselves from their games. Another very interesting thing about the book is the encouragement to take charge of ourselves - while gently being forced to look at ourselves and question whether we too are sometimes guilty of using the same techniques to control others.
I was shocked to find out that the author, Eleanor Payson, was not the narrator of this audiobook. Cathryn Bond Doyle has a calming and confident voice. It was comforting as I listened to each chapter. Not sure how she was selected to narrate, but excellent choice!
A real winning cobmbination.