Brene Brown’s Quip To Tim Ferriss Might Shift Your Perspective Of Narcissists

It’ll also teach you how to spot one, too.




    • The owners couldn’t handle anyone being negative around them.
    • They turned any blame or responsibility thrust upon them around onto other people.
    • They spent all the company savings on an agent to try and land themselves a TV show so they could become wildly famous.





Brene Brown’s Quip To Tim Ferriss Might Shift Your Perspective Of Narcissists – Post Outline

>>> Formally Defining Narcissism

>>> What Science Says About Mainstream Narcissism

>>> The Quip

Formally Defining Narcissism

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), a person is said to have Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) when they exhibit five or more of the following nine criteria:










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What Science Says About Mainstream Narcissism






The Quip

About thirty minutes into the interview, Dr. Brown’s passing comment is one of the interview’s best gems. I’ve linked this video to start a few seconds before she lays it down:

In case you can’t watch or listen right now, here’s what Dr. Brown states:

“Do you know that narcissism is the most shame based of all the personality disorders? Narcissism is not about self love at all. It’s about grandiosity driven by high performance and self hatred. I define narcissism as the shame-based fear of being ordinary.” — Dr. Brené Brown on The Tim Ferriss Show



Here are a few things to consider:

    • Examine your relationship with technology. Social media is not life, it’s a highlight reel. If you find you’re measuring yourself against impossible expectations, it might be time for a break to reset and detox performative behaviors.
    • Keep an open mind. Confirmation bias — the tendency to seek out information in a way that validates your existing opinion— is a poison. Lucky for us, the antidotes are self-awareness and personal growth, and if you’re reading articles like this one you’re probably headed in the right direction.
    • Pursue excellence, but be a good sport too. As famous drag queen Alyssa Edwards says, “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to is.” Let competitiveness motivate you, but don’t let it destroy you.

Dr. Brown points out that “We lose a lot of people with this (work) because it’s not an efficient process,” and it’s true. Personal growth can sting at first, and it’s guaranteed to be messy. But by increasing awareness of ourselves and why we behave the way we do, we not only get better at detecting this behavior in others, but also check ourselves and move toward a happier, more authentic life.

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Nick Wolny is a media and marketing strategist for entrepreneurs. Named a “40 Under 40” by the Houston Business Journal, he’s a contributor for Entrepreneur and Fast Company and a technology commentator for NBC and FOX with over 60 live TV appearances.