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IIC 118: Narcissism: Who, What, Why, and How? The Secular Experts Share Their Views


In this episode, we examine different definitions of narcissism, we look at the markers and diagnostic criteria for narcissism, we examine the main beliefs, emotions, assumptions, and internal experiences that fuel narcissistic defenses (especially idealization and devaluation), we focus on relational patterns that narcissists have, and we look at how narcissists subjectively experience themselves.  I show how narcissistic defenses represent maladaptive ways of trying to get deep needs met, especially integrity needs.  We explore different kinds of narcissism, especially the difference between overt and covert narcissism.  We then go into how to identify narcissistic behaviors and appropriate ways of responding, according to the secular experts.  Also, I issue you an invitation to a special opportunity.  Tonight, Monday, August 7, 2023, from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM Eastern Time — I will have Catholic Psychologist Peter Martin as a special guest and we will be discussing narcissism — in this free Zoom meeting, for the first 30 minutes or so, Dr. Martin and I will have a conversation about narcissism, and then for the next hour, we open it up for questions.  Register by going to our Interior Integration for Catholics Landing page at  At the top, there’s a link to register for the Zoom meeting.  You can send me questions to — or leave me a VM at 317.567.9594 and I will play that voicemail on the air and Dr. Martin and I will answer your questions.

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