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How Narcissist Mortifies Himself/Herself

Narcissists in the schizoid phase self-supply by interacting with internal objects in their mind, becoming solipsistic and psychotic. They may experience self-motification, shaming and humiliating themselves in front of their internal objects. To maintain constancy and quality of their internal objects, narcissists self-stalk them. This self-cycle involves idealization, devaluation, discard, and potential modification, without having a self at all.


Overprotective Parents And Manipulative Helplessness

The text discusses the negative impact of overprotective parents on their children. It explains how overprotective parents prevent their children from experiencing reality, growth, and separation, leading to lifelong consequences. The text also delves into the behavior of narcissists and the dynamics of relationships between overprotective parents and their children as well as between dependent partners and primary partners. It highlights the detrimental effects of overprotection on the child's development and the perpetuation of dysfunctional behaviors in adulthood.


Narcissism: A Talk Across the Generations (with Nicolas Martin)

Professor Sam Vaknin discusses his expertise in narcissistic personality disorder, the interconnectedness of personality disorders, the impact of trauma on personality development, the influence of philosophers and psychologists on his thinking, the rise of narcissistic tendencies in modern society, the impact of digitalization on mental health, the relationship between psychology and politics, the future of psychology, and advice for young psychologists. He also shares his views on the possibility of a third world war and the direction of the field of psychology.


How Trauma Destroys Your Sense of Self (PTSD Literature Review)

Neuroscience studies support the idea that narcissistic and borderline personality disorders are post-traumatic conditions due to disruptions in the formation of the self. Trauma, especially in early childhood, leads to dissociation, depersonalization, and derealization, affecting the sense of self. The default mode network in the brain is implicated in these disruptions. PTSD and CPTSD are reactions to single or repeated traumatic events, with EMDR and cognitive behavior therapy as recommended treatments. Medication options for PTSD include paroxetine, sertraline, and alpha 2 receptor antagonists, while benzodiazepines and certain other drugs are not recommended.


Miracles: Real - or Delusional Disorder?

The text discusses the philosophical and historical context of miracles and wonders, exploring the possibility of supernatural phenomena and their relation to mental illness. It delves into various perspectives, including those of Jewish Rabbi Nachmanides, philosopher Baruch Spinoza, and Immanuel Kant, as well as the views of the author, Sam Vaknin. The discussion covers the nature of miracles, divine intervention, and the compatibility of miracles with natural laws, ultimately highlighting the complexity and mystery surrounding these phenomena.


Homosexuality As Othering Failure

The text discusses the terminology of sex and gender, debunks myths about homosexuality, and explores the psychological aspects of homosexuality, including its relation to othering and the formation of sexual identity. It also delves into the differences between homosexuality and other psychological conditions such as narcissism and autoerotism. The text emphasizes the role of fantasy and the need for external regulation in the context of homosexuality.


Narcissism, Abuse: His POV, Her POV (Compilation)

The transcript is a conversation between an interviewer and Professor Sam Vaknin, an expert on narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). Vaknin discusses various aspects of narcissism, including the differences between narcissistic traits and narcissistic disorder, the prevalence of NPD among men and women, and the dynamics of relationships with narcissists. He explains that narcissism is a complex condition involving a lack of empathy, a sense of grandiosity, and a reliance on others for self-regulation. Vaknin also touches on his personal experience with NPD and the misconceptions surrounding the disorder. He emphasizes that narcissists are not capable of genuine relationships and that their interactions are transactional and based on maintaining a fantasy. He advises victims of narcissistic abuse to recognize that they are not at fault, that the relationship was never real, and to focus on their own healing and self-understanding.


Narcissist’s Karma: Fantasy And 2 Strategies ( Antisocial Defiant Vs. Conforming Pseudo Normal)

The video discusses the development and life trajectory of narcissists. It explains how childhood experiences shape narcissistic behavior and how narcissists adopt compensatory strategies to cope with their psychological age. The video also covers the challenges narcissists face in adulthood, middle age, and old age, and how they struggle with conforming and antisocial behaviors. It concludes by discussing the consequences of narcissistic choices and the realization of karma in their later years.


Anxiety: Root Of OCD, Paranoia, Panic Attacks

Professor Sam Vaknin discusses the nature of anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and paranoia. He explains that anxiety is not fear, but rather a reaction to catastrophizing and counterfactual narratives. People with anxiety disorders may prefer to be anxious because it is familiar and provides a sense of control. Paranoia is described as a combination of anxiety and grandiosity. The paradoxical nature of anxiety leads individuals to trigger it in order to alleviate it, creating an addictive cycle.


Narcissist vs. Borderline On Autopilot: Depersonalization Derealization Disorder

The text is an excerpt from a book discussing depersonalization and derealization. It describes the experiences and symptoms of these conditions, and compares their manifestation in narcissistic and borderline personality disorders. The author, Sam Vaknin, explains the differences in how these disorders present and how they relate to reality testing and dissociation. He also discusses the impact of depersonalization and derealization on memory, emotions, and self-perception in both disorders.

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