When a word or phrase rises to prominence in the collective conversation, there’s a danger of it becoming diluted or distorted so much that it strays from its original meaning. That’s happening now with the word “narcissist.” Everyone from the arrogant boss to the selfie-loving teenager becomes a narcissist. The truth is, we all have a touch of narcissist in us, but not everyone deserves that label. Our questions this episode: what’s the true definition, and how do we interact with people who sit at different places on the spectrum?
I’m pleased to be welcoming Dr. Laurie Helgoe back to the podcast for a continuation of our episode 2 conversation about narcissists and bullies. In this episode, we dive a bit deeper into the nuances of narcissistic traits, including how to take care of yourself when talking with a narcissist and how narcissism shows up individually and collectively.
Dr. Laurie Helgoe is a psychologist, educator, and author specializing in the relationship between personality and culture. She is Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences at the Ross University School of Medicine, and author of several books, including INTROVERT POWER: Why Your Inner Life is Your Hidden Strength. Her latest book, FRAGILE BULLY: Understanding America’s Destructive Affair with Narcissism, was just released on March 12, 2019, and is the focus of our conversation.
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