Sep 7, 2018

Traumatic Narcissism: The Psychology of Cult Leaders

International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)
December 24, 2015

In this talk, which was a plenary presentation at ICSA’s 2015 Santa Fe Conference, Daniel Shaw presents some of the ideas he has developed about the leaders of cultic groups, people he describes as traumatizing narcissists, and the relational system such people create. He draws from clinical research, psychoanalytic theories, and personal experience as a former member of a high-demand group for more than ten years. Dan’s ideas are developed in his book, Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation.

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