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Monday, February 20, 2017

How to spot a narcissist, part two

(part one)

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First, some useful words and phrases to discuss:

technically
compelling (adv)
ilk
ire
in equal measure
decidedly
mixed bag
therein lies
jerk
cross section (literal and figurative)
odious
from person to person
disorder
toxic
jettison
think (peremptory, used in parenthetical explanations; usually used without prepositions such as "of" or "about")
to suffer the consequences
to peak
propensity
braggadocio
hook-up
dark charm
downward (upward) trajectory
gambit, opening gambit
thrilled to hear, to see, to learn
clad
impeccably groomed
to preen
robust
to stand out
to sport
icebreaker; to break the ice
to glaze over
deal, a better deal
to cheat
to eschew
unsavory
antics
entitlement
bent (noun)
to network
positive reinforcement
disagreeable
fix (noun)
indiscriminate
whiplash
maladaptive
fragile, fragility
true colors
inconsistent
craving (noun)
coping mechanisms
to reframe
on first meeting
callous, callousness
sour, to go sour
fling (noun)
to derogate, derogation
hallmark
empathic (cf. empathetic)
arm candy
player
to pique
assertive, assertiveness
appalling
full-fledged
stealth, stealthy
flashy
hyper-
prone to
to put down
to name-drop
to put stock in
to frequent
on the prowl
need (noun), needs

Questions for reflection and discussion:
  1. Give the name, author, and source of this article.
  2. Briefly, what is this article about?
  3. How is the article organized? What are its major divisions or subthemes?
  4. Who is the intended audience? (How do you know?)
  5. What will you remember in a week from this article? In a year?
  6. What is the strongest feature or aspect of this article? What is its weakest feature or aspect?
  7. What new information did you learn? (Just an example or two is enough.) Do you trust this information? How would you check to see it is trustworthy?

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