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Understanding Narcissism with Dr. Rachna Buxani-Mirpuri

What’s up fam! Today I am welcoming back a woman who I feel comfortable enough now to call a regular, Dr. Rachna Buxani-Mirpuri, for a conversation about narcissism and how to navigate it. Dr. Rachna Buxani-Mirpuri is a licensed mental health counselor. With nearly 20 years of experience nationally and internationally, she has worked in government, private practice and school settings. Her approach focuses on providing a safe and empathetic environment for clients to heal and become resilient and empowering them to reclaim their strength. Let’s jump in! 

In this episode… 

  • Education around narcissism

  • Narcissistic abuse 

  • Different types of narcissism 

  • Self worth/respect vs. narcissistic tendencies 

  • Attention seeking 

  • The vulnerable narcissist 

  • The grandiose narcissist

  • The malignant narcissist 


“I think the sign of a really great psychologist or any type of professional is somebody who's willing to keep learning about it.” - Nikki Spo

“Remember that the arrogance and the envy of others and the grandiosity is really just covering up a deep level of insecurity.” - Dr. Rachna Buxani-Mirpuri

“I have a self esteem that's not dependent on somebody else. For a narcissist, it's completely and solely based on what other people think of them.” - Dr. Rachna Buxani-Mirpuri

“Narcissism is a problem in relationships because what it's doing is it's hurting the people in these relationships much more than it's hurting the narcissist.” -  Dr. Rachna Buxani-Mirpuri

“Where it really gets tricky is when you live with a narcissist and you are building meaningful relationships or trying to build these meaningful relationships.” - Nikki Spo


0:00 - 3:40 | Intro 

3:40 - 6:10 | Education around narcissism 

6:10 - 9:00 | Diagnostic and statistic manual 

9:00 - 10:55 | Defining narcissism 

10:55 - 16:20 | Differentiating having self worth/respect vs. having narcissistic tendencies  

16:20 - 26:18 | Different types of narcissism 

26:18 - 27:55 | The malignant narcissist 

27:55 - 36:15 | Empathy 

36:15 - 39:20 | Interpersonal relationships 

39:20 - 44:00 | Defining gaslighting

44:00 - 47:30 | Understanding the cause of narcissism 

47:30 - 50:16 | Outro 

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