Navigating Narcissism with Dr. Ramani

Navigating Narcissism with Dr. Ramani

Narcissists are everywhere and these days it seems like everyone has at least one in their lives! Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a licensed clinical psychologist, will help you spot red flags and heal from the narcissist in your life. Every Thursday, we will hear first-hand accounts from people who know this territory the best, the survivors.

Episodes

December 1, 2022 57 min

Dr. Ingrid Clayton grew up in an alcoholic household, and when her mother's second husband, her step dad, came into the picture, consistent emotional abuse ensued. This resulted in childhood trauma which affected her life long term. Part 1 of 2 of Ingrid's story is filled with examples of trauma bonding, grooming and gas lighting she received from her stepfather. As Ingrid tried to navigate life as a teenager, she sought ou...

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Sola Oluborode's long time friend became her romantic partner after he initially passed the test of her healthy boundaries. But once they were official, he started treating her differently - and not in a good way. Sola realized that the quirks she saw in him while they were just friends, were actually toxic traits she later encountered. Listen to this episode and learn how Sola chose to do all the right things, being friends, s...

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Kiersten Hathcock was struggling to make ends meet with her husband when she decided to go into the design industry to help pay the bills. Her expanding business led Kiersten into taking trips away from her family, which led to meeting another man who wanted to work with her. This friendship turned into an affair, and ultimately, a narcissistically abusive relationship. Listen to this episode to hear how her marriage and career det...

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Collier Landry was only twelve years old when he testified against his father in court for the murder of his mother. Collier's narcissist father's crimes led him to prison and left his own son abandoned. This episode goes into detail about how Collier grew up without parents, becoming a filmmaker and the documentary that brought light into why his father committed murder. Since then, Collier has shed light on his story in o...

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Terra Newell's name became nationally known after she killed her stepfather in self-defense; John Meehan known from Dirty John. Earlier this season, Terra's mother, Debra, came on the show and shared her experience during that tumultuous time. In this episode we hear directly from Terra who shares her point of view. While she experienced massive trauma, she learned how to heal and help others. Listen to part 1 to learn abou...

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In Part 2 of our Guest's episode, they dive in deeper about their childhood, and how their Father's treatment affected both them and their sibling. We also explore how their abusive upbringing shaped them as a parent, and the steps they took to right their own wrongs while continuing to navigate through life today.

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Instagram: Dr Ramani's IG - @doctorramani

Facebook: Dr Ramani's FB - @docto...

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Our Guest’s Father was considered the more affectionate parent, however, he was both physically and emotionally abusive towards our Guest, their brother and their mother. Listen to Part 1 of this two part episode to hear about the childhood trauma our Guest endured, and the steps they are taking to move through the abuse; and work through its generational impact.

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Instagram: Dr Ramani's IG - @doctorramani

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Jenifer Faison and Andrea Gunning of Betrayal Podcast continue to share their story in part 2 of their episode. Dr. Ramani, Jenifer and Andrea dive deeper into how Jen dealt with Spencer's lovers. While it is common for victims of infidelity to blame both parties, Jenifer explains what she thinks about Spencer's relationships with teenagers vs. adult women, and how he didn’t seem like a villain - at first. They wrap the epi...

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Jenifer Faison and Andrea Gunning of Betrayal Podcast join Dr. Ramani to discuss Jen's marriage to her college sweetheart. What she thought was rekindled romance, led to the most shocking discovery when her husband's dark secrets were revealed by the police. Listen to Part 1 of 2 episodes, to learn how Jenifer and Andrea came to collaborate and create their podcast, Betrayal  and how Jen overcame this incredibly difficult m...

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If you are new to our show, welcome! This week we are re-releasing one of our top rated episodes. Check out this jaw dropping story and make sure to check out the Stronger Together Bracelets, which are available now!

Ayleen Charlotte was looking for love in all the usual places: online. Tinder to be exact. When she started her relationship with con man, Simon Leviev, it was just like a fairytale, filled with love, gifts, and a very...

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September 22, 2022 60 min

In part 2 of Debra Newell's story exposes the things Debra did to get away from John Meehan. Her main mission was to protect her family; and if there's one thing that really triggers a parent, it's that their children are threatened. Listen and learn about the explosive final moments between John and Debra's family--which involves a fight, a struggle and a dramatic ending.

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Instagram: Dr Ramani'...

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September 15, 2022 60 min

Debra Newell became nationally known when the LA Times and Deadline covered her volatile relationship with John Meehan, also known as Dirty John. Debra discusses how she met John, the list of past narcissistic/abusive relationships she's had and how her unawareness of red flags and love bombing made her a vulnerable target. Listen to part 1 of 2 episodes of Debra's story; and learn about the steps she took to get out of the...

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Today's Guest overcame a tumultuous marriage with a narcissistic husband and the Church that supported his actions. Coming straight from a religious college and community, our Guest and her ex-husband met and were groomed by the Church to be together and get married. After what she thought was the perfect pairing to the perfect man, and that they were going to change the world for the better, everything changed. From sex addict...

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Mandeep Kaur Sandhu was already an award winning yogi in India, but by attending Bikram Chadhury's training school, she would be able to further develop her skills and eventually open her own studio. Chadhury changed the world of yoga in the US, with the added heat element, plus his charisma and demeanor which attracted a lot of his followers. However, Chadhury wasn't your regular guru. Mandeep explains how manipulative, co...

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Vanessa Reiser was love bombed by her narcissistic ex in such an extravagant manner--like being showered with expensive gifts, to expensive cars, to a $150,000 engagement ring, and travels across the world. She didn't have time to breathe, much less clock in the red flags happening left and right. Vanessa is a therapist and works hard today to raise awareness to narcissistic spousal abuse, and started a movement by running 285 ...

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August 18, 2022 72 min

Roberta shares her time at LuLaRoe, a multi-level marketing company that sells women's clothes; and how working for them changed her life forever. LuLaRoe started out as a great experience for Roberta, making new friends, climbing her way to the top, and making her a lot of money. However, it ended with her in financial wealth not being met amongst other broken expectations. LuLaRoe retailers were duped and manipulated by its n...

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We all have that one roommate we still talk about because of how terrible they were. Now imagine the worst roommate you've ever had and multiply that by a hundred because Heidi Russell, shares her story of how she got stuck with a grifter in her apartment. Heidi and her partner Valentina have been living in their beautiful West Village apartment when they opened up their second room to make ends meet. Listen and learn how one p...

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As we dive into part 2 of Mark Vicente's experience in the NXIVM cult, we go even deeper and discuss the root of the problem, Keith Raniere and executive team, who aided and abetted his actions of abuse. Mark talks about victim blaming, and points out that what happened to him could really happen to anyone. Mark breaks down his emotional journey after finding out and then accepting the truth about Raniere's abuse. With the ...

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Pyramid schemes, sex trafficking operations and cults, oh my! Mark Vicente, an award-winning director who was part of the NXIVM cult, became one of its whistleblowers and has vowed to continue to shed light into the atrocities that happened within the confines of Keith Raniere. Mark reveals how he was manipulated and coerced into joining NXIVM, and how Raniere and other senior members gaslit its female members and ran an undergroun...

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Ousted WeWork CEO Adam Neumann built a company culture that drew employees in a relationship with their workplace that they loved - but that many on the inside and outside clearly saw as - narcissistic. As one of the top community managers at WeWork, Ugo Mbawuike had a front row seat to the rise and demise of the co-working tech unicorn that was supposed to transform the corporate office as we know it. From the love bombing of perk...

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