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Malignant Manipulators: Ticking Time Bombs (2017)

Manfred Kets de Vries

"Malignant narcissist as ticking time bombs"

Malignant narcissists not only believe they are always right, they vindictively go out on a limb to prove it. Given the way these types of people victimise and terrorise those around them, the rest of us need to know what makes them tick before it is too late.

INSEAD Knowledge, 2017

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Catherine J Sidoti

Jan 6, 8:54 PM

Can I read these journal articles, I am a doctoral student studying executive coaching and the inner mechanisms of the coach?

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