Before the pandemic, remember how everyone was accusing anyone who was mean to them of being a narcissist? And remember how to get around a formal diagnosis, the conversation turned to those with “narcissistic tendencies”? And remember how sponsored ads on Facebook stoked the blaze and offered “recovery from narcissists” books, guides, and therapy?

Those posts and ads are resurfacing, and I’ll say now what I said then:

Someone can be a complete asshole to you and not be a narcissist.

Don’t buy into the hype. Really. Keep your money well away from these mental health snakeoil frauds.