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Dr. Craig Malkin
Dr. Craig Malkin is an author, clinical psychologist, and Instructor of Psychology for Harvard Medical School (HMS) with two decades of experience helping individuals, couples, and families. His unique, practical approach to helping people break out of painful romantic patterns combines an in-depth knowledge of the science of attraction with a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of how relationships work.

After lecturing in local universities, Dr. Malkin went on to become a chief psychologist at Harvard Medical School's Cambridge Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he taught interns, residents, and fellows the theory and practice of psychotherapy. He continues to supervise and consult part-time for HMS.

Dr. Malkin's advice and insights have been featured in major national and international on-line and print media magazines and newspapers, such as Happen Magazine, Marie Claire, and both Women's and Men’s Health Magazines, and he’s made numerous TV and radio appearances. He serves as president and director of YM Psychotherapy and Consultation, Inc., which provides psychotherapy and evidence-based couples workshops. He's also currently writing a self-help book designed to help people break bad romantic patterns.

Entries by Dr. Craig Malkin

7 Strategies for Dealing With the Narcissist You Love

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 4:07 PM

Late last year, I wrote a piece where I shared a perspective, based on growing research, that narcissism isn't simply a stubborn trait, but a style of coping. The seeds of that idea turned into a book, scheduled for release in spring next year. Since I...

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Can Narcissists Change?

(20) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 11:42 AM

At the end of May 2013, I wrote an article titled "5 Early Warning Signs You're With a Narcissist." It sparked a number of rich conversations through comments, emails, Facebook and Twitter. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of reactions came from people who feared they were currently...

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5 Early Warning Signs You're With a Narcissist

(490) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 11:35 AM

At the beginning of April this year, I was tapped by the Huffington Post Live team for a discussion on narcissism. I happily agreed to appear, for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that narcissism happens to be one of my favorite subjects. Early in...

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Why Do People Stay in Abusive Relationships?

(61) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 11:52 AM

During one of my breaks yesterday, I received an email from a colleague. The subject: "Another Know Nothing." Included was a link to the evolving story about New Hampshire state legislator Mark Warden's recent comments. I scanned down the page, and just below the header, next to Warden's innocently...

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Can Acting in Love Help You Stay in Love?

(137) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

In her deeply fascinating, often moving TEDTalk, "Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are," Amy Cuddy offers up a thesis with startling implications: even the simplest act, repeated over time, can profoundly shape our destiny.


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Can Cyborgs Fall in Love?

(39) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

Up until Amber Case's thought-provoking TEDTalk, the whole idea of cyborgs falling in love might have seemed like the premise for an outrageous science fiction story. You know -- the kind with cheesy cover art, depicting a fetching, scantily...

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Is Empathy Sexy?

(14) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 1:08 PM

Years ago, when I was a freshman, still hungrily exploring campus life, I met an unassuming young woman at a party. There wasn't anything especially striking about her, at least to my eyes -- she even wore neutral colors of black and gray- -a nd many people might have described...

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How to Overcome Neediness

(60) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 11:10 PM

"We're only as needy as our unmet needs." -- Founder of Attachment Theory, John Bowlby

Have you ever felt needy? What comes to mind when you hear the word? Most of us consider it one of the worst possible invectives to hurl at another human being, conjuring stark images of...

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How Technology Makes Us Afraid of Intimacy

(13) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 12:20 AM

One of my clients, Lisa, 25, a socially anxious software engineer, hadn't been to a party, let alone on a date, in months. She was far too busy racking up points on a new online multiplayer game. "I'm lonely most of the time, she confessed "but when I get lost...

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