UWest is pleased to welcome Dr. Ali Chavoshian for a special guest lecture titled “The Anatomy of Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Clinical and Social Application.” This free lecture will be held remotely on Zoom on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 7:00 PM Pacific Time. No registration required.

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Meeting ID: 923 2350 3217
Passcode: 670856

Anatomy of Narcissistic Personality Disorder flyerLecture Description:

There has been a rise in narcissism in the political and economic milieu of the U.S., as well as the global world. This increase also is evident in the clinical setting concerning the prevalence of pathological narcissism (6.2% in community samples). Patients with the narcissistic personality disorder pose a challenge to the various treatment modalities because this personality disorder share with certain characteristics of anti-social and borderline personality disorders. Further, their disturbing characteristics such as the sense of grandiosity, omnipotent and omniscience, lack of empathy, arrogant and envious behaviors, and the need for excessive admiration, make it difficult for the clinicians to establish a therapeutic alliance with them. While the exact genetic and biological causes are unknown, researchers have identified some developmental factors can be further reinforced by the specific social and cultural elements.

In this lecture, the discussion on the narcissistic personality disorder includes symptoms, diagnosis, prevalence, causes, types, and treatment. Also, regarding social application, there will be discussion concerning culture of narcissism rooted in the current crisis of neoliberal ideology, breaking social and family bonds, and promoting anti-social behaviors rooted in self-centeredness. The results are creating the frenzy of epidemic narcissism where the individual’s profit overrides the value of humanity and community.

About Dr. Ali Chavoshian:

Ali Chavoshian, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and research psychoanalyst, practicing in Berkeley, California. He is a faculty member of the San Francisco Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis. Also, he is a clinical faculty member at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, serving as a clinical supervisor for graduate students. He has served as the Academic Dean and Professor in the Graduate School of Psychology at the New College of California in San Francisco since 1990, also as the teaching faculty at the Sonoma State University and the City College of San Francisco. He has been a visiting professor at the Guilan School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Rasht, Iran. His clinical research incudes the discussion of culture and society.