Navigating Narcissistic Relationships, Why We Are So Interested in Stories About Psychopaths + How the Culture of Entitlement is Making the Pandemic Worse with Psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula

In this podcast, I talk to professor of psychology, licensed practitioner, international speaker, consultant and best-selling author Dr. Ramani Durvasula about the many facets of narcissism, how it damages relationships and leads to abuse, how the culture of narcissism and entitlement is making the pandemic worse, and why we are so fascinated by stories of narcissists and psychopaths. We also discuss what to do if you find yourself in a relationship with a narcissist AND how to help your children NOT become narcissistic. Special offers from this week's sponsor:  -BLUblox (the best glasses to reduce your exposure to harmful blue and green light): To get 15% off your BLUblox glasses use the code LEAF15 at checkout:   For more info on Dr. Ramani and to get her books visit:   Follow her on social media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube: @DoctorRamani Read the show blog & transcript here Podcast Highlights  2:50 How Dr. Ramani went from health and wellness to dealing with narcissism   4:38 High-conflict, antagonist personalities and narcissism    5:36 What is narcissism?   8:38 The culture of entitlement and narcissism in our world today  13:05 Entitlement, Narcissism and COVID-19  20:51 How collectivism can enable narcissism   23:50 The two most important tasks of a parent or guardian  27:00 How narcissism and entitlement can out the brain and body into toxic stress and cause brain damage   29:14 The definition of narcissism  32:20 How to deal with a narcissistic person   45:00 Cognitive dissonance and narcissism   46:00 Trauma-bonding   55:00 What causes narcissism?  59:22 Dirty John, psychopaths and narcissism   Additional resources:   -Sign up to join my free text program and receive mental health care tips and strategies, exclusive offers and more! Just text DRLEAF to 1 (833) 285 3747 (*Only available for U.S numbers at this time)  -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit:  -Visit my website at for more free resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at!)  Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!   -Instagram: @drcarolineleaf:   -Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf:   -Twitter: @drcarolineleaf:   -Youtube:      If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media!

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