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Podcast: Help! My Coworker Is a Narcissist!


In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome back Dr. Ramani Durvasula to discuss narcissism… this time, in the workplace. Everyone believes they’ve got a narcissist as a coworker and, often, they’re correct. In this episode, you’ll learn how to tell if your coworker is a narcissist, how common this is (especially among executives), and how to handle them, even if it’s your boss. You’ll learn about gaslighting and the link between narcissism and low self-esteem. Dr. Ramani also warns what can happen to a person who remains in the sort of toxic workplace environment created by narcissists.


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Workplace Narcissism Show Highlights:

“If you stay in this kind of toxic workplace too long, you’re going to get sick.” ~ Dr. Ramani

[2:02]               What exactly is narcissism?

[3:48]               How common is narcissism among business executives?

[4:35]               What if your boss is a narcissist?

[6:19]               What is “gaslighting”?

[8:33]               What sort of behavior do narcissists exhibit in the workplace?

[11:57]             What’s the connection between low self-esteem and narcissism?

[16:08]             Can a person with low self-esteem become a narcissist?

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About Our Guest

Dr. Ramani Durvasula is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, CA and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles.   She is the author of Should I Stay or Should I Go:  Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist–an incisive take on how narcissism is destroying our relationships. Dr. Durvasula has been featured on series on Oxygen, Bravo, National Geographic, the History Channel, Discovery Science, and Investigation Discovery and in documentary films.  Her podcast “Sexual Disorientation” takes on the landscape of sex and love in the modern age.  She has been a featured commentator on nearly every major television network. As an expert on narcissism, she recognizes that narcissism has changed the psyche of America–and this election reflects the Faustian bargain America has made, and brought narcissism into stark focus.  In many ways, the elegance of narcissists is that you can always predict what they will do next and Mr. Trump is no exception. Dr. Durvasula is masterful at providing the Rosetta stone for translating our president’s angry outbursts, unhinged texts, familial entitlement and petulance.


Follow Dr. Ramani on Twitter – @doctorramani

About The Psych Central Show Podcast Hosts


Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. In addition to hosting The Psych Central Show, Gabe is an associate editor for He also runs an online Facebook community, The Positive Depression/Bipolar Happy Place, and invites you to join.  To work with Gabe, please visit his website,



Vincent M. Wales
 is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. In addition to co-hosting The Psych Central Show, Vincent is the author of several award-winning novels and the creator of costumed hero Dynamistress. Visit his websites at and



Podcast: Help! My Coworker Is a Narcissist!

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Gabe Howard

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, Mental Illness is an Asshole and other Observations, available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from the author. To learn more about Gabe, please visit his website,

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Howard, G. (2018). Podcast: Help! My Coworker Is a Narcissist!. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 24, 2020, from
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