Narcissistic personality disorder is a condition in which people have an inflated sense of self-importance and an extreme preoccupation with themselves.

An overly sensitive personality may affect the development of this disorder.


A person with narcissistic personality disorder may:
  • React to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation
  • Take advantage of other people to achieve his or her own goals
  • Have excessive feelings of self-importance
  • Exaggerate achievements and talents
  • Be preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love
  • Have unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment
  • Need constant attention and admiration
  • Disregard the feelings of others, and have little ability to feel empathy
  • Have obsessive self-interest
  • Pursue mainly selfish goals


I am writing to let you know that Mindmade Books' first title of 2012 has just been published.

Mercury in Retrograde is a collection of visual poetry created in correspondence between poet Therese Bachand and artist Michele Costa. Not surprisingly, it is very much a dialogical work, in which collaged materials, sketches, and doodles are interlayered with or inscribed onto the written text, revealing and obscuring it, and encouraging a reading that is both linguistic and pictorial.

Mercury in Retrograde is available as part of Mindmade Books' 2012 series, which also includes work by Juan Antonio Corretjer and Peter Schmidt, plus a fourth title yet to be determined. If you are interested in subscribing to this series, simply respond to this message. If you have already subscribed -- thank you! -- and my apologies for this note.