From Don Draper and Bruce Wayne to Christian Grey and Jay Gatsby, just who are these smooth and sexy scumbags filling our screens big and small or leaping out of book pages and eReaders to demand our attention? They’re charismatic and cantankerous. Dashing, dark, and distant. What is it about their massive, fragile, (and sometimes alter) egos that make us sit up and take notice? Looking at these larger than life characters through the lens of the latest personality and social psychology research, this talk will examine our fascination with fifty shades of narcissism as a social, clinical, and cultural phenomenon.
Dr. Jared DeFife is a clinical psychologist and research scientist at Emory University and Associate Director of the Laboratory of Personality and Psychopathology. After earning his master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Adelphi University, he completed internship and postdoctoral training as a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. Dr. DeFife specializes in the study of personality, mood disorders, and psychotherapy. He also frequently publishes and teaches about dynamic/interpersonal therapies, research methods, and media. He writes a regular blog for Psychology Today and is a columnist for Psychotherapy Networker magazine.
The program begins at 6:00 pm with a cocktail reception. Dinner is served at 6:30 pm and the featured speaker addresses attendees from 7:30 pm, with discussion following the talk.