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Exploring Narcissism

Learn How To Identify and Deal With A Narcissist

Do you wonder about narcissism in the world of love, dating, and family? How about the office? Uncover the complicated existence of narcissism in the workplace, which has some very dark sides, but surprisingly a number of areas where narcissism, in small doses, can be of benefit. Find expert advice in this 5-week course on how to handle it in all types of relationships, and even pick up tips for raising less narcissistic kids.

What you can achieve with this course

  • Learn how to deal with narcissistic behavior with powerful strategies based on the latest research from personality psychology.
  • Discover what narcissism is: the rich history behind it, the different forms it can take, and how it appears in modern times.
  • Practice effective ways to manage the narcissists in your life whether it's you or others.
  • Understand the inner workings of narcissism and how it can affect your life, for better or worse.
  • Explore how current culture and social media can fuel narcissism, from the new traits and rewards it can lead to and the long-term effects it can have.

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Dr. W. Keith Campbell, researcher and professor, has been studying narcissism for the past 30 years. He is an expert on personality and cultural change, and the author of the book: The New Science of Narcissism. Having published over 200 papers and several books, Dr. Campbell has discovered several key findings on the psychology of narcissism. He found that narcissism occurs on a spectrum, and uncovered the fact that most people actually exhibit some levels of narcissistic tendencies in their everyday life – be it among leaders, on social media platforms, or in networking events.

Course Plan

Week 1 - What is Narcissism?
Narcissism has a rich history in mythology, art, and psychology. This week we'll explore this history and learn about the three ways narcissism is currently used. We'll talk about grandiose narcissism, the form that most of you are familiar with; vulnerable narcissism, which will be less familiar to you; and we'll talk about the psychiatric form of narcissism, narcissistic personality disorder, or NPD.
Week 2 - Narcissism and Relationships
How does narcissism work in the world of love, dating, and family? This week we'll talk about how narcissism works across the different stages of relationships, some tips for raising less narcissistic children, and some tips for handling narcissism in relationships.
Week 3 - Narcissism in the Workplace
Narcissism in the workplace is a bit complicated. It has some very dark sides, but there are also a number of areas where narcissism can be of benefit in small doses. This week we'll talk about a range of workplace outcomes that involve narcissism, from leadership, to creativity, to co-workers.
Week 4 - Narcissism, Social Media, and the Metaverse
The world is changing rapidly, we’re moving deeper into online social networks, and eventually taking our first steps in the metaverse. Facebook, the company that started a great deal of these new dimensions of existence has changed its name to Meta, suggesting it shows no signs of slowing down our technological evolution. This week we'll talk about how narcissism works on social media, and look at how important it is to keep social media sites going, and touch on why the creation of the metaverse is crucial.
Week 5 - How Do We Change Narcissism?
One of the most exciting discoveries of the last two decades in personality psychology is that personality can change in lots of different ways. We used to think that was almost impossible. For our last week of this course we'll talk about some suggestions for changing personality. By the week’s end, you will be able to define narcissism, explain how it works, understand how to identify it, and know what can be done about it.
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Most of us display narcissistic behaviors. Healthy narcissism is adaptive, flexible and emphatic. Narcissistic personality disorder, however, is rare. Take a sneak peek at Keith’s course in this Exploring Narcissism master class.

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