Author and clinician Craig Malkin, PhD, sits down with Psychotherapy Networker’s editor in chief Livia Kent to talk about how to spot covert narcissism and what to do about it. They discuss what pop culture—and the therapy field—often gets wrong about narcissism and how to know when “’healthy narcissism” tips into a disorder.

Learn more about covert narcissism by visiting for a FREE excerpt from Dr. Malkin’s book, Rethinking Narcissism: The Secret to Recognizing and Coping with Narcissists.

Also read Craig’s feature in the March/April issue of Psychotherapy Networker, “Covert Narcissism Unmasked.”


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Craig Malkin

Craig Malkin, PhD, author of the internationally acclaimed book Rethinking Narcissism, is a clinical psychologist and lecturer for Harvard Medical School with more than 30 years of experience. His articles, advice, and insights on relationships have appeared nationally and internationally in outlets like Time, and he’s been a featured guest on many TV, radio, and podcasts, such as NPR, The Oprah Winfrey Network, and Rick Hanson’s Being Well Podcast. He’s president and director of the Cambridge Massachusetts–based YM Psychotherapy and Consultation, Inc. Recently, Oprah Daily named Rethinking Narcissism in their article “The Best Books to Read If You Have a Narcissist in Your Life.” Visit Craig’s website at

Livia Kent

Livia Kent, MFA, is the editor in chief of Psychotherapy Networker. She worked for 10 years with Rich Simon as managing editor of Psychotherapy Networker, and taught writing at American University as well as for various programs around the country. As a bibliotherapist, she’s facilitated therapy groups in Washington, DC-area schools and in the DC prison system. In 2020, she was named one of Folio Magazine’s Top Women in Media “Change-Makers.” She’s the recipient of Roux Magazine‘s Editor’s Choice Award, The Ledge Magazine‘s National Fiction Award, and American University’s Myra Sklarew Award for Original Novel.