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Program Title: On Narcissism
Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Time: 06:30pm - 08:00pm
Presenter: Michael Donner, PhD
Moderators: Robin Deutsch, PhD and Dorian Newton, PhD
Location: Diesel, A Bookstore
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
(2 blocks south of the Rockridge Bart Station)
Program Fee: Free

The last few years there has been considerable interest in the concept of Narcissism. From our political discourse to popular TV, narcissism is often used to describe the behavior and attitudes of everyone from politicians to millennials. The concept of narcissism is not new, and was first described in the story of Narcissus and Echo. But it was Sigmund Freud who first described it as a psychological phenomenon in his seminal paper "On Narcissism." Freud described it as a developmental stage, not an attitude. We will discuss how “His Majesty the baby” grows into an adult. Narcissism can be too little or too much, it can be infantile or grandiose, it is essential for success and achievement, but can also ruin and destroy us.

About the Presenter:
Michael Donner, PhD is a psychoanalyst and clinical and forensic psychologist in Oakland. He is the President of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and member of the faculty. He teaches and consults on Law and Ethics for clinicians in California and across the country.