St. James' Episcopal Church - Potomac 301-762-8040

Hello friends,

I love when our Stronger Together discussions take us down a different path than we planned, or open up new topics in unexpected ways. In last week’s conversation on apologizing and gratitude, we briefly considered an interesting exception: what about narcissists?

To be clear, there are narcissistic behaviors we all have exhibited from time to time, as well as people who are pretty narcissistic in general. Then there’s narcissism to a degree that is a form of mental illness: Narcissistic Personality Disorder, or NPD. Our conversation this week will focus on NPD–how we can understand it better and empathize better with people affected by it. We’ll watch a video that describes the diagnostic criteria for NPD as well as some of what the symptoms “hide” in the person experiencing this form of mental illness.

Remember…we all have a bit of narcissistic tendencies. That’s normal and part of what makes us human!

Our warm-up question for this week:

Tell us about a truly great vacation or trip you took. What made it so special to you?

See you soon,