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Profs and Pints DC presents: “Reflecting on Narcissists,” a look at the myth, reality, and treatment of clinical narcissism, with Brian A. Sharpless, licensed clinical psychologist, visiting research fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London, and author of Psychodynamic Therapy Techniques.
[You must show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test from the previous 72 hours to attend.]
Do narcissists really love themselves? Are they truly self-confident? Are celebrities more narcissistic than the rest of us? Does a person’s social media use—and the number of Facebook “friends” they have or selfies they post—tell us anything about their own levels of narcissism?
These are just a few of the fascinating questions that will tackled by Brian Sharpless, a regular on the Profs and Pints stage. He will discuss the idea of narcissism, define what “narcissistic personality disorder” means to psychologists and psychiatrists, and summarize what the field knows about this condition and its treatment.
You may be particularly surprised to learn about the different ways that narcissism can manifest, some of which have little to do with the arrogant overconfidence that we associate with the narcissist stereotype. For example, many people with narcissism live their lives with chronic feelings of inadequacy. In order to avoid feeling humiliated, they closely observe others so that they can figure out how they should behave. In fact, some narcissists may actually look “depressed” to an untrained eye.
Finally, Dr. Sharpless will give some practical tips and techniques to help you deal with the narcissists in your own life. You’ll walk out with a different perspective on yourself and other people, with new knowledge that may help you maintain healthier relationships. (Advance tickets: $12. Doors: $15, or $13 with a student ID. Listed time is for doors. Talk starts 30 minutes later. Please allow yourself time to place any orders and get seated and settled in. Profs and Pints will ask that you wear a mask except while seated and eating or drinking. Church Hall, where this event is being staged, follows all C.D.C. and Washington D.C. guidelines regarding public health. The venue reserves the right to modify all rules to align with current and future regulations and best practices to maintain a safe and fun environment.)