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Why Aren't We Talking About Narcissism?

Ramani Durvasula, PhD, LCP
59 Minutes
Mar 12, 2022
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Clinical psychologist Ramani Durvasula is today’s authority on the hot-button issue of narcissism. Her books, “Don’t You Know Who I Am?”: How to Stay Sane in the Era of Narcissism, Entitlement and Incivility and Should I Stay or Should I Go?: Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist, have enlightened readers to the ways in which high-conflict and antagonistic personality styles impact both individual psychologies and society at large. In addition to her private practice, she was a professor at California State University, LA for 22 years, where she was named Outstanding Professor in 2012 and received the American Association of University Women Emerging Scholar Award. Her TEDx Talk has been viewed nearly a million times and her work highlighted on TV shows such as The Today Show and networks such as Oxygen and Investigation Discovery.

Unafraid to challenge the field’s reticence to confront narcissism directly, Durvasula contends that it’s a contemporary clinician’s responsibility to integrate an understanding of this personality style into clinical practice. She reminds us that narcissists do not exist in a vacuum: their antagonistic characteristics negatively impact the people, places, and communities with whom they have regular contact. Bettering our comprehension of narcissism, she says, will in turn inform and improve our conceptions of domestic abuse, substance use, organizational behaviour, public health, violence and aggression, parenting, and trauma.

In this keynote recording, she’ll tackle the confusion that’s come to surround the label of “narcissist” as clients use it more and more—and therapists less and less. She’ll explore when this high-conflict personality style becomes not just a cultural but clinical issue and how to treat those affected by narcissistic abuse in relationships, families, workplaces, and beyond.



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Dr. Ramani Durvasula is a licensed clinical psychologist, Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, and the Founder and CEO of LUNA Education, Training & Consulting, a company that offers a range of programs focused on educating survivors, clinicians, coaches and businesses on the impacts of narcissism on health, wellness and functioning. She’s the author of Don’t You Know Who I Am: How to Stay Sane in the Era of Narcissism, Entitlement and Incivility, Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship With A Narcissist. Dr. Ramani also has a popular YouTube channel that focuses on narcissism and difficult relationships, mental health, and societal expectations. Her work has been featured at SxSW, TEDx and on a wide range of media platforms including, Red Table Talk, the Today Show, Oxygen, Investigation Discovery and Bravo. She is also a featured expert on the digital media mental health platform MedCircle. Dr. Durvasula’s research on personality disorders has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and she is a Consulting Editor of the scientific journal Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Durvasula is a brutally honest voice on the struggles raised by narcissism in the US and globally.  


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Ramani Durvasula is the founder and CEO of LUNA Education, Training, and Consulting. She maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with the California State University Los Angeles and the University of Johannesburg. Ramani Durvasula receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Ramani Durvasula is an associate editor for Behavioral Medicine and a consulting editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Mental Health. She is an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, AIDS and Behavior, and Sex Roles: A Journal of Research. Ramani Durvasula is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the International Association of Applied Psychology.


  1. Appraise the current diagnostic criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the DSM-5.
  2. Describe the interpersonal impacts of narcissism and narcissism-adjacent personality styles on family systems, relationships, work, and the culture at large.
  3. Demonstrate how to identify a client who may be experiencing narcissistic abuse and theorize how it may be differentiated in its clinical presentation from other types of abuse or relationship stress.
  4. Construct a model of adjunctive clinical considerations when working with those who have or are experiencing narcissistic abuse.


  • The need for clinicians to understand the personality style known as Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder through a clinical framework
  • The connections between narcissism and common clinical presentations including domestic abuse and violence, substance use, parenting problems and more
  • Integrating a new understanding of narcissism into clinical practice

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

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