In this episode Laura is in conversation with Dr. Alexa Albert, an expert on narcissism. They do a deep dive into what narcissism is, where it most often comes from, and how it manifests in a variety of relationships. Alexa shares her belief in the importance of “Getting a PhD in knowing yourself,” as navigating narcissism can be confusing, painful, and even – at times – dangerous. Listeners will leave with tangible and concrete strategies, and we hope this episode sheds some meaningful light on what so many of us have been – at one point or another – impacted by.
Dr. Alexa Albert is a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist in private practice. A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School, she completed her pediatric internship and second post-graduate year as a resident at Seattle Children’s Hospital before switching into a psychiatric residency at the University of Washington to focus more intensively on mental health. In addition to her private practice, she is a Training & Consulting Analyst at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (SPSI) and a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. In 2001, Random House published her book Brothel: Mustang Ranch and Its Women, a non-fiction first-person narrative about the world of legalized brothel prostitution in Nevada.