Narcissism

what it is-what it does

(in the age of covid) 

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“Narcissists are said to be in love with themselves. But this is a fallacy. Narcissus is not in love with himself. He is in love with his reflection. There is a major difference between one's True Self and reflected-self.” 
― Vaknin 

  • NARCISISSM:

    WHAT IT IS:

  • FANTASIES OF UNLIMITED POWER AND SUCCESS

  • SEES SELF AS SPECIAL

  • ASSOCIATES WITH HIGH STATUS PEOPLE

  • ENVIOUS OF OTHERS

  • LACKS EMPATHY

  • NEEDS ADMIRATION

  • SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT

  • THE PREDATOR 

  • ADDICTIVE REPETITION COMPULSION

  • GRANDIOSITY

  • SEXUAL COMPULSIONS

  • EMOTIONAL WITHOLDING

  • FRAGILE FALSE-SELF

  • GASLIGHTING

  • ONE-WAY PLEASURE

  • ONE-WAY CONVERSATIONS

  • GHOSTING

  • STALKING-HOOVERING

  • MANIPULATION 

  • MIND-FUCKING

  • TRIANGULATION 

  • EXCESSIVE CRITICISM

  • COMPETITIVENESS

  • EMOTIONAL ABUSE

  • OUTBURSTS OF RAGE

  • SILENT TREATMENTS

  • NARCISSISM:

    WHAT IT DOES:

  • ERODES SELF ESTEEM

  • ISOLATES 

  • SPINS YOU OUT

  • PUTS YOU ON A ENDLESS ROLLER COASTER

  • "SITUATIONSHIP" VS. RELATIONSHIP

  • BETRAYS LOYALTY

  • SECOND-GUESSING YOURSELF

  • KEEPING THE ABUSE SECRET

  • LYING TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY 

  • REPEAT EPISODES 

  • CREATES SELF-DOUBT

  • FOSTERS SELF-CRITICISM

  • INDUCES SELF-BLAME

  • INSECURITY

  • FEAR

  • ANXIETY

  • PTSD  SYMPTOMS

  • JEALOUSY THROUGH  TRIANGULATION 

  • NOT TRUSTING YOURSELF OR INTUITION

  • WALKING ON EGGSHELLS

  • NERVOUS DISORDERS AND NIGHTMARES

  • THE ABUSE CAN CAUSE SUICIDAL IDEATION

I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.' - Paulo Coehlo, The Alchemist

 

NARCISSISM IN THE AGE OF COVID:

In this class, I collaborate with creator of Radiant Astrology, Christina Caudill to explore the current landscape of Narcissism in the Age of Covid.

How has this psychological disorder become so pervasive?

What if WE as in the "me culture" are the Pandemic?

It doesn't take much imagination to infer how the seeds of collective Narcissism lie at the very root of our current collective calamity. How can we better understand the remnants and shadow elements of this societal illness? As we witness the decay and death of "Influencer Culture" on Social Media, many questions arise about where this archetype will spring up a new head next? As many narcissistic "cult leaders" self-endowed "gurus", coaches and healers are being called out and held accountable for the predatorial behaviors in this time of collective awakening, what kind of reverb can we expect?

How can we heal the damaged concept of the Self?

What is the authentic versus false Self?

Why are narcissists hellbent on preserving their "reflection" and how is this different from the misconceptions of being in love with self or self-obsessed? 

Where are we heading as we confront the damage we've inflicted on nature and the concurrent punishment?

Why is splitting, magical thinking, and other infantile defense mechanisms more prevalent than ever?

As we move into a "lone-wolf" dematerialized society, how will this impact the pandemic of Narcissism?

These are just a few of the questions we'll be exploring in this class. 

We will also dig into famous iconic case studies, astrological references, and how to understand the archetype of narcissism both personally and collectively. 

MISCONCEPTIONS OF narcissism 

  • DEBUNKING POPULAR FALLACIES 

  • UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NARCISSISTS AND PSYCHOPATHS

  • UNDERSTANDING THEIR DIRE FEAR OF CRITICISM AND INTIMACY

  • BEING IN LOVE WITH THE SELF VERSUS THE IMAGE/REFLECTION OF ONESELF

  • PARADOX OF THE FRAGILITY IN GRANDIOSITY

  • THE USE OF SHAME AND HUMILIATION

  • NARCISSIST AS CULT LEADER AND PREDATOR

  • WHY THEY CANNOT HAVE ANYONE ON SAME LEVEL 

  • CONTROL ISSUESAND HIDDEN FEARS

Sherene Vismaya

Sherene Vismaya, M.A. is a Jungian astrologer and psychoanalyst in private practice twenty years consulting, writing and teaching.  She specializes in depression, shadow work, anxiety, creative blocks, eating disorders, and relationships. Sherene has pioneered her own unique approach to Jungian and somatic healing modalities combined with her background in metaphysics inspired by her yearly pilgrimages to India.

She is the author of several books including collaborations on: Speculation Now; Transpersonal Astrology: Explorations at the Frontier, & Surviving Saturn's Return (McGrawHill), Dog Stars, and Fate of your Date.

She holds a Master's Degree from New York University in Clinical Psychology, a Masters in Developmental Psychology from Pace University and post-graduate work in psychoanalytic studies from The New School and ISAP, Zurich. She has been the resident astrologer for Elle Magazine for the past decade. Sherene teaches classes and workshops internationally.

Christina Caudill

 

Christina Caudill is an evolutionary astrologer, teacher, past life facilitator and Soul Empowerment Guide. She guides clients through periods of transformation toward gaining clarity on their life purpose, cultivating inner wisdom and accessing their personal power in alignment with their unique destiny. Her astrological teachings often place special emphasis on transformational signatures such as the outer planets Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, the Lunar Nodes and Eclipses. Her teachings are informed by insights gleaned from Evolutionary Astrology, shamanic practices (Alberto Villoldo), ancestral medicine (Sobonfu Some, Daniel Foor) and Jungian depth psychology. Christina believes in the creative potential of each unique Soul.
 

Christina owns and operates Radiant Astrology, hosts the Radiant Astrology Podcast on iTunes and is a contributing writer for the Organization of Professional Astrology (OPA) Magazine. In 2020, she hosted The Astrology of Awakening Summit, The Astrology of Purpose and Power Summit, and lectured at the Northwestern Astrology Conference (NORWAC) 2020 online conference.

Given our current “epidemic” of narcissism, it is very likely that you may know or have heard of someone who manifests some of these traits.

 

Greed, grandiosity, inflation and isolation are just some of the features of narcissism. Others are: “an absence of empathy,… a need for being admired by others throughout adulthood. … a sense of superiority, viewing themselves as better than others; look[ing] at others with a sense of disdain and perceiv[ing] others as inferior [to] themselves; … see[ing] themselves as unique and overly important and often exaggerate[ing] their achievements,… [being] unmoved by others’ suffering…. hav[ing] difficulty seeing how their actions can harm others or how someone might feel in a particular situation.

From the  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM-5 lists 9 characteristics an individual might have, with a minimum of five being required to assign that diagnosis.

These 9 are:

Grandiosity: being affected or pompous; pretentious; inflated

Fantasies of unlimited power and success: these often result in the narcissist attaining a position of leadership, e.g. Napoleon,with eventual destructive consequences, since all life on the physical plane has limits

Seeing oneself as ‘special’ and associating only with others of high status, e.g. filling a cabinet with CEOs of major corporations and military generals

Needing admiration, as in rallies and public appearances before thousands of fans.

Having a sense of entitlement, e.g. operating under the assumption that one is deserving of only the best, the choicest, the rarest, regardless of others’ needs or preferences

Being interpersonally exploitative, e.g. using people to get what he/she wants, with little thought to reciprocity or the others’ needs

Lacking in empathy, i.e. the inability to feel concern, compassion or caring for others and what might be going on in their lives; the narcissist often feels free to “fire” people with impunity

Envying others, i.e. “feeling discontent or ill will at another’s good fortune…; dislike for a person who has what one wants”

Appearing arrogant, i.e. inflated, puffed up, full of oneself

*From the Jungiancenter.org

 

“Often the narcissist believes that other people are "faking it", leveraging emotional displays to achieve a goal. He is convinced that their ostensible "feelings" are grounded in ulterior, non-emotional motives. Faced with other people's genuine emotions, the narcissist becomes suspicious and embarrassed. He feels compelled to avoid emotion-tinged situations, or worse, experiences surges of almost uncontrollable aggression in the presence of expressed sentiments. They remind him how imperfect he is and how poorly equipped.” 
 

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“Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.” 
― Carl Gustav Jung

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