How to Heal the Trauma of Narcissism
In today’s challenging environment—when racial and sexual violence, rising inequity, and reactivity are erupting everywhere—our society seems to be collectively facing traumas we therapists have long been treating privately. These traumas not only trigger our clients, but also reveal an insidious mental health crisis that challenges us as clinicians. This workshop traces that crisis to the pathological narcissism embedded in modern culture, and the instincts of self-enclosure wired into our brains. It will introduce you to the emerging field of contemplative psychotherapy, which integrates social neuroscience with timeless contemplative skills to enhance social engagement while accelerating healing and transformation. You’ll discover:
- How each brain level has networks for self-enclosure versus social engagement
- How self-enclosed networks fuel mental illness, while socially engaged networks support health and development
- How mindfulness shifts neocortical absence to presence, compassion shifts limbic reactivity to resonance, and embodied methods shift brainstem stress reflexes to social resilience
Joseph Loizzo, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell, founder of Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, and a practicing psychotherapy in Manhattan.