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An Imperative of Our Time
Dear friend,

Whether it is a friend, a manager at work, someone in your family, an ex-lover, a politician, or perhaps even when it comes to considering yourself, we all have the experience of wondering, “Is that person a narcissist?”

However, do we really understand narcissism, its roots, its different forms and expressions, how it impacts us, and (most importantly) if and how it can be healed? 

It is with the goal of better understanding narcissism that we have created this online summit. We believe that furthering the understanding of narcissism is one of the greatest psychological imperatives of our time and a necessary step if we are to heal the divisiveness of our time.

So what is narcissism, really? Does it exist on a spectrum? Is it a disease? Is there a cure? What do you do when you think there's a narcissist in your life? What is the relationship of narcissism to the spiritual journey? How do you know if you're a narcissist yourself?
This summit was created to help shed light on these very important questions and to clarify steps we can take to bring more compassion, skill, and wisdom into the conversation.

Over the course of 10 days, we'll meet with today's leading researchers, psychologists, mental health experts, spiritual teachers, and one incredibly inspiring high school student to learn about narcissism from as many different angles as possible.

We'll share practices, self-assessment tools, communication skills, and a wealth of empowering insights into this important and often perplexing subject. 

Are you a therapist or health professional seeking the latest information to better serve your clients?

Are you or someone you know suffering the effects of narcissistic abuse? 

Are you committed to cultivating greater self-awareness and empathy?

Everyone is welcome to our summit on Understanding Narcissism—because everyone is impacted by it.

We look forward to being with you and together making discoveries that help us move as individuals and a society from being “me-centered” to “we-centered.”

With gratitude on the journey,

Tami Simon & Jeffrey Rutstein
P.S. You can get lifetime access to every presentation in the Understanding Narcissism summit when you order the upgrade package today.
Meet Your Hosts

Tami Simon

founded Sounds True in 1985 as a multimedia publishing house with a mission to disseminate spiritual wisdom. She hosts a popular weekly podcast called Insights at the Edge, where she has interviewed many of today’s leading teachers. 
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Jeffrey Rutstein, PsyD

is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of trauma for the past 30 years. His approach integrates traditional psychotherapy along with the latest advances in neuroscience and mind-body approaches to address the whole person in a powerful and effective manner.
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Learn from 20 Leading Experts in the
of Psychology & Spirituality
The Understanding Narcissism summit features 20 presentations
over 10 days of life-changing insight and guidance from:
Ramani Durvasula, PhD
Author of Should I Stay or Should I Go? on staying sane and healthy in an era of narcissism
"Staying Sane and Healthy in the Era of Narcissism and Entitlement"
  • An understanding of what narcissism actually is while differentiating it from narcissistic personality disorder
  • An overview of the incentivization of narcissism, incivility, and entitlement by society at large
  • ​An understanding of the impact of difficult personality patterns including narcissism and antagonism on the people in relationships with them
  • ​Simple takeaways on how to stay sane in the midst of the culture of narcissism, entitlement, and incivility
W. Keith Campbell, PhD
Author and professor of psychology at UGA presents the current thinking on narcissism in the scientific community

"Narcissism: Thoughts on Structure and Reach"
  • The difference between grandiose and vulnerable narcissism (and NPD)
  • ​The Trifurcated Model of Narcissism (TMN)
  • ​The basic association between narcissism and social media, leadership, and attraction
Terri Cole, LCSW, MSW
Relationship expert and founder of Boundary Bootcamp® discusses the narcissistic parent
"Decoding the Connection Between Narcissistic Parents and Partners"
  • How to identify a narcissistic parent 
  • How to identify your unique Downloaded Blueprint
  • ​The narcissism-codependency connection
  • ​The interdependence of healthy love
  • ​How healthy boundaries are essential for healing—and a happy life
Abdul Saad, MPsych
Clinical psychologist draws key distinctions between covert and overt/grandiose narcissism
"Understanding Covert Narcissism"
  • Understand the key distinctions between covert/vulnerable and overt/grandiose narcissism
  • Understand how these distinctions are a function of differences in temperament between individuals with covert and overt narcissism
  • How the core pathological features of narcissistic personality disorder are operating in both covert and overt narcissism, even though they appear very different
  • ​Understand the critical role of schadenfreude to explain how covertly narcissistic individuals exploit others
  • ​Distinguish between covert narcissism when it manifests as a personality vulnerability rather than as a disorder (NPD)
Craig Malkin, PhD
Psychologist and author of Rethinking Narcissism illuminates the narcissism spectrum 
"The Narcissism Spectrum"
  • The difference between healthy and unhealthy narcissism
  • The three Es: exploitation, entitlement, and empathy impairment
  • The concept of "Echoism"
  • ​Narcissism in leadership and politics
Bandy X. Lee, MD, MDiv
Author of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump on the psychologist's moral obligation in politics 
"The Dangers of Narcissism in Politics"
  • The story behind the bestselling book
  • ​Why medical neutrality does not mean silence
  • ​The danger of normalizing a malignant situation
  • ​Why tyranny over the mind is the greatest form of oppression
Sandy Hotchkiss, PsyD, LCSW
Psychoanalyst and author of Why Is It Always about YOU? helps us identify and manage narcissism in the workplace
"Knowledge Is Power: Recognizing Narcissism in the Workplace"
  • The different "flavors" of narcissism
  • Why work environments are vulnerable to narcissistic processes
  • ​What you must do if you don't want to quit (or be fired)
Terry Real, LICSW
Therapist and author discusses the roots of men’s narcissism and what to do about it
"Male Narcissism, Male Shame"
  • Traditional masculinity is founded on two lies, leaving men vulnerable to anxiety and shame
  • ​Shame can be successfully (if disastrously) self-medicated with grandiosity
  • ​Healthy self-esteem is WITH—neither better nor lesser than
Caroline Myss
New York Times bestselling author and spiritual teacher on the role of narcissism in the evolution of consciousness
"Narcissism and the Evolution of Consciousness"
  • The archetypal force known as the narcissist
  • The great turning point of the nuclear age and where we find ourselves now
  • ​Embracing the shadow and moving through the dark side of narcissism
  • ​​Recognizing and reclaiming your true power
Emily Bebenek
TEDx speaker and high school student on the ways narcissism is encouraged in society and culture
"A New Age of Narcissism"
  • The ways in which society encourages and rewards narcissistic behaviors
  • ​How the trend of narcissism is influencing our lives and values
  • ​Alternative values to encourage and pursue for a more meaningful life
Judith Orloff, MD
New York Times bestselling author of The Empath's Survival Guide on the toxic attraction between empaths and narcissists
"The Toxic Attraction Between Empaths and Narcissists"
  • How to identify a narcissist
  • Protection strategies for empaths
  • ​Narcissist techniques such as gaslighting and beating down your self-esteem
  • ​The advantage of provoking a conflict with a narcissist to reveal their true colors early on
  • ​The cord-cutting technique to end a relationship with a narcissist
Karla McLaren, M.Ed.
Empathy pioneer and author shares non-pathologizing ways to identify narcissistic tendencies
"An Empathic Perspective on Narcissism"
  • Exploring the situations that lead to self-absorption and an inability to fully connect with others
  • ​Humane and non-pathologizing ways to identify narcissistic tendencies so that you can decide how you want to engage
  • ​Understanding the necessity of both narcissism and empathy, and retrieving narcissism from the shadows
A.H. Almaas
Spiritual teacher and founder of the Diamond Approach® on how narcissism becomes an impediment to spiritual awakening
"Narcissism as a Barrier to Self-Realization"
  • The relationship between pathological narcissism (NPD) and the narcissism of everyday life
  • ​How our sense of identity develops, and how we can shift it through inquiry and spiritual practice
  • The experience of "deficient emptiness" and staying with this experience until our essential nature reveals itself
  • ​The discovery of what A.H. Almaas calls "the point of existence"

Bonnie Duran, DrPH
Professor and Buddhist mindfulness practitioner shares tools to help with difficult relationships
"Spiritual Tools and Support for Navigating Relationships with Narcissists"
  • Our own individual experience of working with narcissism in our lives 
  • ​Notions of conceit (mana) and vipallasa (wrong view) in Buddhist suttas and their applicability to understanding narcissism
  • ​Mindfulness and compassion practice as spiritual tools in working with difficult individuals
Rick Hanson, PhD
Psychologist and New York Times bestselling author on how healthy confidence promotes resilience and well-being
"Healthy Confidence"
  • The social brain: why we need healthy "narcissistic supplies," especially in childhood
  • ​What happens when we do not get the empathy, caring, and appreciation we naturally need
  • ​How to heal the hungry heart and "hardwire" healthy confidence into your brain
Satinder Brar, MSc, RP, CCC
Psychotherapist and speaker on reclaiming the healthy parts of narcissism
"Are We All Narcissists?"
  • The spectrum of narcissism
  • ​The healthy parts of narcissism
  • ​How to promote healthy narcissism in the ones we love
Rhonda Freeman, PhD
Clinical neuropsychologist explores how NPD presents in intimate relationship 
"Survivors: The Brain and Moving Forward After a Relationship with a Narcissist"
  • How the symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder often present within an intimate relationship
  • ​Why many survivors struggle with shame during and after the relationship
  • ​Neurocircuitry commonly associated with emotion dysregulation in the aftermath of a relationship with a narcissist
  • ​The impact of traumatic stress on the brain within an intimate relationship
  • ​Self-care approaches to ease emotion dysregulation (i.e., pain, withdrawal, stress) when the relationship has ended
Jeff Pincus, MSW, LCSW
Couple therapist on how narcissistic partners can heal and co-create a genuine love 
"Loving for Real: Healing Narcissism in Relationship"
  • Identify the narcissistic traits that block genuine connection
  • ​Understand three essential tasks that transform narcissistic immaturity or injury into growth and relational agency
  • ​Apply the process of Dyadic Self-Development in your own relationship or with your clients
Kristin Neff, PhD
Pioneering self-compassion researcher and author discusses self-compassion and boundary-setting with narcissists
"How Self-Compassion Avoids and Helps Deal with Narcissism"
  • The difference between self-compassion and self-esteem
  • ​Yin and yang self-compassion
  • ​How both forms of self-compassion are needed to stand up to narcissists
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD
Jungian psychoanalyst shares insights into the nature of narcissism via the story of Bluebeard
"The True Self Must Live: The Story of Bluebeard and How Not to Fall Prey to Malignant Narcissists"
  • The far-reaching effects of NPD
  • ​The story of Bluebeard and the pathway to freedom
  • ​The false empathy proclaimed by narcissists
  • ​Rising above the oppression of our "overculture"
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Healing Your Attachment Wounds
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Pioneering teacher Diane Poole Heller sheds light on the three styles of insecure attachment—Avoidant, Ambivalent, and Disorganized—along with the ideal fourth style of Secure attachment, where we enjoy a foundation of safety, adaptability, and intimacy with others.
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Kristin Neff and Shauna Shapiro—two leaders in the fields of mindfulness and self-compassion—share their research and guided practices to help you and others become more capable, courageous, loving, and resilient.
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Join spiritual teacher and author Adyashanti for insights, meditations, and questions to help you bring self-created suffering into awareness, open to unconditional grace, and reunite with all that arises.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the Understanding Narcissism summit for? Can anyone benefit from the presentations?
Everyone is impacted by narcissism. This summit was created to support anyone in a relationship with a narcissist whether at home or work. There is also a lot of information for mental health professionals seeking Continuing Education credits or deeper knowledge around this important subject. Therapists, counselors, educators, and people from all walks of life will benefit by attending.
I already know a lot about narcissism. Will I learn anything new when I purchase the Understanding Narcissism summit upgrade package? 
This summit is packed with new information and cutting-edge insights. With the summit upgrade, you can revisit all 20 presentations any time you like, so you can fully integrate the teachings and practices.
What if I don’t like Understanding Narcissism? Do you really offer a full one-year, money-back guarantee?
Yes, we do. You can explore the Understanding Narcissism summit risk-free for an entire year. If this summit fails to meet your expectations for any reason, simply contact Sounds True’s customer service for a full refund.
Why haven’t I heard of you before?
Sounds True was founded in 1985 by Tami Simon with a clear mission: to disseminate spiritual wisdom. We partner with the leading spiritual teachers on the planet to make their teachings accessible through books, audio programs, online learning experiences, and in-person events.

At Sounds True, we have created the world’s largest living library of transformational teachings that support and accelerate spiritual awakening and personal transformation. We make this living library available on multiple media platforms and in multiple languages for people of today and for future generations.

We provide a trustworthy and safe online home for spiritual explorers, where you can show up with authenticity and meet others on the path. We warmly welcome beginners while remaining true to the depth and challenges of the spiritual journey, as we create shifts in consciousness that unlock our greatest human capacities to love and serve.
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