How to handle narcissists

Book club will explore this challenging subject

 “The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists” will be discussed at the May 13 gathering of the book club. The meeting will begin with a 6:30 p.m. dinner at Lucca Restaurant, 1615 J Street, Sacramento.

Please RSVP to host Laura Vinson by email. Her address is

Information on the book is available on Here is a partial review.

Every day headlines are filled with examples of narcissistic individuals in positions of power who are nothing more than impostors plundering and wreaking havoc on the lives of others. From the financial barons of Wall Street to our elected officials in government, 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 Payson's book, 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 reader 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.

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