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Sam Vaknin, Ph. D.

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Economic and political columnist in many periodicals in a few countries and a published and awarded author of short fiction and reference books in Hebrew, English and Macedonian in Israel, Macedonia and the Czech Republic. Until 2002, I served as Economic Advisor to the Government of Macedonia. My book, "After the Rain - How the West Lost the East" was published by CEENMI/Central Europe Review and Narcissus Publications and, as an e-book.

Experience in the area

Web and Journalistic Activities Author of extensive Web sites in: – Psychology ("Malignant Self Love") - An Open Directory Cool Site, – Philosophy ("Philosophical Musings"), – Economics and Geopolitics ("World in Conflict and Transition"). Owner of the Narcissistic Abuse Study List and the Abusive Relationships Newsletter (more than 6000 members). Owner of the Economies in Conflict and Transition Study List , the Toxic Relationships Study List, and the Link and Factoid Study List. Editor of mental health disorders and Central and Eastern Europe categories in various Web directories (Open Directory, Search Europe, Editor of the Personality Disorders, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, the Verbal and Emotional Abuse, and the Spousal (Domestic) Abuse and Violence topics on Suite 101 and Bellaonline. Columnist and commentator in "The New Presence", United Press International (UPI), InternetContent, eBookWeb, PopMatters, Global Politician,, and "Central Europe Review". Publications and Awards "Managing Investment Portfolios in States of Uncertainty", Limon Publishers, Tel-Aviv, 1988 "The Gambling Industry", Limon Publishers, Tel-Aviv, 1990 "Requesting My Loved One – Short Stories", Yedioth Aharonot, Tel-Aviv, 1997 "The Suffering of Being Kafka" (electronic book of Hebrew and English Short Fiction), Prague and Skopje, 1998-2004 "The Macedonian Economy at a Crossroads – On the Way to a Healthier Economy" (dialogues with Nikola Gruevski), Skopje, 1998 "The Exporters' Pocketbook", Ministry of Trade, Republic of Macedonia, Skopje, 1999 "Malignant Self Love – Narcissism Revisited", Narcissus Publications, Prague and Skopje, 1999-2006 (Read excerpts - click here) The Narcissism Series (e-books regarding relationships with abusive narcissists), Skopje, 1999-2006 "After the Rain – How the West Lost the East", Narcissus Publications in association with Central Europe Review/CEENMI, Prague and Skopje, 2000 Winner of numerous awards, among them Israel's Council of Culture and Art Prize for Maiden Prose (1997), The Rotary Club Award for Social Studies (1976), and the Bilateral Relations Studies Award of the American Embassy in Israel (1978). Hundreds of professional articles in all fields of finances and the economy, and numerous articles dealing with geopolitical and political economic issues published in both print and Web periodicals in many countries. Many appearances in the electronic media on subjects in philosophy and the sciences, and concerning economic matters.

What do you like about this subject?

"'The Balkans' - I say - 'is the unconscious of the world'. People stop to digest this metaphor and then they nod enthusiastically. It is here that the repressed memories of history, its traumas and fears and images reside. It is here that the psychodynamics of humanity - the tectonic clash between Rome and Byzantium, West and East, Judeo-Christian

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Reading my responses, I wish upon the reader the joy and the revulsion, the dark fascination of this region and its surrealist dreams and nightmares. This is what I experience daily here and it is my hope that I succeeded to convey the siren's song, the honeyed trap, the lure and the allure of this tortured corner of the earth.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Ever the preachers, the West - both Europeans and Americans - upheld themselves as role models of virtue to be emulated, as points of reference, almost inhuman or suprahuman in their taming of the vices, avarice up front. Yet the disorder in their own homes was broadcast live, day in and day out, into the cubicles inhabited by the very people they sought to so transform. And they conspired and col

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

My main thesis is that the West missed a unique historical opportunity to unite Europe and that the peoples of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe are beyond salvation, deformed and pathologized by communism irreconstructibly.

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Recent Answers from Sam Vaknin, Ph. D.

2015-05-22 Querying the EU:

I think you may find this e-book of some interest:    Many articles and essays which deal with the issues you raise:

2010-06-24 EU:

Dear Kevin,    I have written extensively about Germany's history and its role in the EU.    View my articles here:    A few of my books about the EU are

2008-05-30 country data fallsification/keeoing it secret:

Why does anyone hide information? Because he or she doesn't want to world to know about it, the opposition to use it, the international community to leverage it.    Read this to learn how countries are

2006-09-28 EU-WTO:

Dear Torsten,    Your questions are far too general and would require a library of books to answer.    These may be of help - click on the links:

2006-07-18 European Politics Expert needed:

Dear Eric,    I am interested.    There are many articles about European history and culture and other topics here:    http://groups


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