Narcissism has been called the personality disorder of the United States, and scarcely a day goes by that we are not greeted by a headline trumpeting the role that narcissism plays in American politics. This current “epidemic of narcissism”—as it is referred to by Dr. Jerrold Post, director of psychiatry, political psychology, and international affairs at the George Washington University—is presenting a range of challenges to many spiritually oriented, growth seeking individuals. If the notion of using difficulty as a learning experience appeals to you, then this session exploring narcissism at the highest levels of government may be thought provoking and insightful. We will use the current political discourse as an excellent basis for delving into the nature of this all-too-common personality disorder. Understanding opens up new avenues for self-care and personal action. It is human nature to learn experientially. Most of us only learn about personality disorders when confronted with an experience so upsetting or confusing that we are prompted to sleuth out answers. Experiencing a narcissist in one’s life can be used to deepen one’s understanding of self, connection, the limits of love, boundaries, relationship and self-management. The current political climate of narcissism can serve as a valuable teacher—what can you learn for your own life?
Melissa Schenker, MBA
Sep 27 (W)
$35 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required)
Melissa Schenker has an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, an economics degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and psychotherapy training. She completed the CORO foundation’s experiential leadership training program in New York City, designed to provide well-rounded insight into the pressures that go into making public policy. Melissa has worked as an internal management consultant for the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, as an operations consultant for Deloitte & Touche, and in a variety of capacities in city government in Austin and New York City. She's worked in political campaigns at the local, state and national level, including a presidential campaign. Melissa is also the author of Sweet Relief From the Everyday Narcissist, co-written with psychotherapist Tina Moody. This added a niche consulting expertise in how to take care of oneself (personally and professionally) while living and working with difficult people. She founded the Austin-based consulting firm, Work/Life, and maintains a regular meditation practice which informs her consulting point of view.