Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), Villains and Anti-heroes in Hollywood: Nancy Fulton Interviews NPD Expert Sam Vaknin

February 3, 2016, Santa Monica, CA, United States- Sam Vaknin, author of Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited and other books about narcissistic and antisocial (psychopathic) disorders, discusses the realities of Narcissistic Personality Disorder and the portrayal of Malignant Narcissists in the media with Writer/Producer Nancy Fulton in an interview released February 1, 2016 at

During the 1990s, Vaknin was twice diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). He subsequently set out to understand his mental health issues.  As a byproduct of this process he became a pioneering and significant contributor to the body of information and insight available about NPD and a frequently cited authority on the course and causes of the illness.

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Writer/Producer Nancy Fulton has released an interview with Sam Vaknin that specifically addresses how writers and actors can more accurately represent the realities of NPD in their work, and why making the effort to do so is justified.

Nancy Fulton says, “Serial killers, bullies, stalkers, abusive husbands, scam artists, corrupt politicians and judges, dishonest businessmen or corporate executives, medical charlatans, cult leaders, exploitative clergy, violent policemen, and criminal king pins are almost always Malignant Narcissists.  These people, who do a tremendous number of horrible things in the real world, have very specific patterns of behavior which are motivated by a severe personality disorder.  Our media is filled with these characters, even romanticises them, but often what we’re shown is both less accurate, less interesting, and in fact less terrifying than reality.”

She continues, “For example, not all malignant narcissists present themselves as bullies or sexual deviants. If they did, they’d have far fewer victims. Many of the most dangerous Narcissists among us are charming, intelligent, and persuasive.  They may present themselves as the reluctant celebrity, the benevolent politician, or the retiring genius.  They are the teacher that stays after school, the coach that helps the shy kid, the doting husband or helicopter mom. What’s astonishing is that someone with NPD can consistently present an attractive facade behind which lives a manipulative personality that can comfortably hurt or kill people.  There’s real value in understanding the realities of Narcissistic Personality Disorder if you’re writing a villain or this new breed of Hollywood anti-hero.”

Sam Vaknin’s interview with Nancy Fulton can be found on

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