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Narcissism: The Secondhand Smoke of Mental Health

1 in 16 people have been affected by someone with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). Here’s your guide to spotting a narcissist & coping with the fallout.

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Series Overview

Why Narcissism is the Secondhand Smoke of Mental Health 11 Min

Dr. Ramani breaks down how and why narcissism has become such an epidemic, what she sees in her practice, and her treatment approach for NPD.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) vs. Self-Confidence 101 21 Min

Someone can be a narcissist without having narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). In our first session, clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani breaks down what NPD is (and is not) while explaining the patterns and types of narcissists.

Are Narcissists Born or Made? Causes of the Disorder & More 16 Min

Dr. Ramani discusses the various causes and risk factors of narcissistic personalities - and how parents can prevent their kids from falling into the undesirable behaviors that are consistent with narcissistic personality disorder.

The 7 Signs of Narcissism & How to Spot Them 11 Min

Spotting a narcissist is easy… but only when you understand the signs. Dr. Ramani explains the seven criteria that clinicians use to diagnose narcissistic personality disorder. In doing so, she provides plenty of real life examples.

Narcissistic Abuse: How to Spot It & Cope With It 17 Min

Abuse from a narcissist can come from a friend, a family member, a spouse, or even a co-worker or boss. Learn how to predict the signs of narcissistic abuse, what triggers it, and your options for dealing with this difficult relationship.

Can Narcissism Be Treated? 12 Min

Dr. Ramani shares her personal experience treating narcissism, and what loved ones can expect when someone they know with NPD enters treatment.

Bonus: How to Diagnose a Narcissist: Live Therapy Session 31 Min

In this bonus session, Dr. Ramani interviews our host as she determines whether or not he has narcissistic personality disorder.


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About the Series

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is one of the most difficult disorders to understand. Even as the spouse or loved one of someone with NPD, it can be incredibly challenging to recognize the distorted and unhealthy ways of thinking and behaving exhibited by someone living with the often-toxic traits of NPD.

According to NPD expert and psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula, narcissism is the secondhand smoke of mental health – and the mental health topic of our time. The behavior patterns that are consistent with narcissistic personality disorder are more pervasive than ever. In many industries, they are even celebrated and rewarded. So what can people do to save themselves from potentially harmful relationships?

This series will give you the well-rounded foundational knowledge you need to avoid the narcissists in your life. Throughout these 7 sessions, you’ll learn to recognize when to draw the line between self-confidence and narcissism. You’ll understand the causes and risk factors of developing NPD or narcissistic traits. You’ll get insight into the seven diagnostic criteria mental health professionals use to diagnose the disorder. Finally, you’ll find out whether treatment is effective in curbing the symptoms of NPD, and how you can spot & cope with narcissistic abuse.

If you think there is a narcissist in your life and you want to better understand their behavior and what you can do about it, this is the series for you.

Who is this series for?

Anyone who suspects there is a narcissist in their life will benefit from the in-depth education this series provides.

Supporters and loved ones of someone with full-blown narcissistic personality disorder, or someone who exhibits narcissistic traits, will get key takeaways for weathering narcissistic abuse.

“Thank you for the insight! I am now free of a relationship with a narcissist! This has truly brought a lot of comfort and made me understand. It was very painful but the more I watch, the more I understand what was happening and why I lived with constant anxiety. I knew something was wrong but kept giving second chances thinking he was really in love with me. The truth is, he will always love himself first. It was hurtful to be deceived but I have a better grasp with these videos. Thanks again!”
Delilah Q.

In this series, you’ll discover:

  • How to recognize the nuanced differences between narcissism, narcissistic personality disorder, and extreme self-confidence
  • The 7 diagnostic criteria mental health professionals use to diagnose narcissistic personality disorder, and how to spot those traits in everyday life
  • What narcissistic abuse actually looks like compared to other types of abuse, and how to cope with it without escalating your narcissistic partner or loved one
  • What treatment options are available for NPD – and how effective they are
  • How to spot the various types of narcissists in different settings

“A lot of people say, ‘narcissists are unpredictable.’ They are the most predictable people in the room! Once you understand truly what narcissism is, then you can start to heal yourself and live a life full of happiness.”

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Ph.D.


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