Disturbed and disordered characters are unfortunately among those who hurt people intentionally and for a variety of nefarious reasons.

Dealing with any person who has a serious character disturbance or disorder is never easy. And there are no foolproof methods to neutralizing the distress such a person can bring into your life. But faithfully following some general rules can help make life with a narcissistic boss or co-worker much more manageable.

Narcissists love only themselves and all those things they see as “extensions” of themselves.

Harboring antiquated notions about who they are and how they got to be that way is exactly what leads people to get into relationships with narcissists, despite warning signs, and to remain in those relationships despite suffering emotional abuse and neglect at their hands.

The second installment of “Character Matters” airs live tonight (7 pm EDT [6 pm CDT]) and will thus permit telephone calls from listeners who want to join the discussion.