Covert Narcissists: Wolves in Sheep Clothing ( Closet Narcissists). Ross Rosenberg

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 Covert narcissists are masters of disguise – successful actors, humanitarians, politicians, clergy members, and even psychotherapists who are beloved and appreciated, but are secretly selfish, calculating, controlling, angry and vindictive. Covert narcissists create an illusion of selflessness while gaining from their elevated status. Although they share similar basic traits with the overt narcissist, i.e., the need for attention, affirmation, approval and recognition, they are stealthier about hiding their selfish and egocentric motives. Unlike the overt narcissist who parades his narcissism for all to see, the covert narcissist furtively hides his real motives and identity. These narcissists are able to trick others into believing they are honest, altruistic and empathetic individuals. They are successful at pretending to be a more likable version of themselves, knowing that if their true identity was uncovered, they would not be able to maintain the respect, status and prestige that they have so furtively garnered.  From Ross’s book, The Human Magnet Syndrome: Why We Love People Who Hurt Us.

Ross Rosenberg, M.Ed., LCPC, CADC
Psychotherapist & National Seminar Trainer

Owner of Clinical Care Consultants
Co-Owner of Advanced Clinical Trainers
Author of the Human Magnet Syndrome

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About Ross Rosenberg

Ross Rosenberg has over 26 years of experience as a psychotherapist, counseling practice owner, training company co-owner, nationally recognized professional trainer, consultant and certified addiction specialist. Ross is the author of “The Human Magnet Syndrome: Why We Love People Who Hurt Us,” published in April 2013. Ross’s work has been highlighted on various TV programs including, ABC Late Night, Fox News, WGN News and UT-San Diego News. He has appeared in the Chicago Tribune & Publisher Weekly and is a regular contributor for The Huffington Post and PsychCenteral.com. Ross owns Clinical Care Consultants, a full-service counseling center based in the Northwestern suburbs of Chicago. He is a national seminar speaker consultant, and expert psychotherapist in the areas of codependency, sex love addiction and internet addictions, trauma, dysfunctional or problematic relationships, narcissism and borderline personality disorders. The training that inspired his book, “Emotional Manipulators & Codependents: Understanding the Attraction” was hosted in 27 states/60 cities in a two year time span. Ross now owns the Chicago based training company, Advanced Clinical Ross owns Clinical Care Consultants, a full-service counseling center based in the Northwestern suburbs of Chicago. He is a national seminar speaker consultant, and expert psychotherapist. Ross’s clinical expertise spans the areas of codependency, sex love addiction and internet addictions, dysfunctional or problematic relationships, narcissism and borderline personality disorders. By the end of 2013, Ross’s current seminar, “Emotional Manipulators & Codependents: Understanding the Attraction” will have been hosted in 27 states. Rosenberg’s psychotherapy services enable his clients to achieve balance, inner peace and feelings of personal efficacy. He says, “Within a warm and respectful therapeutic relationship lies the power to overcome seemingly overwhelming obstacles.”