About Narcissistic Personality Disorder

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV, the following are the essential features of Narcissistic Personality Disorder: A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following: (1) … Continue reading About Narcissistic Personality Disorder

About Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.  Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor… Continue reading About Bipolar Disorder

About Autism

From the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition A. Qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by at least two of the following: 1. marked impairments in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body postures, and gestures to regulate social interaction 2. failure to develop peer… Continue reading About Autism


Joe discusses the problem of hyper-competitive (and often narcissistic) parents with TrueSport, an online media resource promoting positive youth sports. On a repeat visit to Psych Up Live, Joe discusses SHAME with Dr. Suzanne Phillips. June 6, 2019. Psychotherapy.net’s in-depth interview with Joe about shame, narcissism, and the art of empathy. April 2019 edition. Joe… Continue reading Media


Installations in the ongoing series, “Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and What to Expect“: Part I: The First Session Part II: The Early Weeks Part III: The Transference Begins Narcissistic Rage and the Failure of Empathy About Online Counseling Depression Symptoms: Making Sense of all the Online Resources Shame and the Idealized False Self in Narcissism Narcissistic Personality… Continue reading Videos