E37 Nina W. Brown

How to Handle Narcissistic Personalities on the Job – S02. E37.

About Dr. Nina W. Brown:

Nina W. Brown, EdD, LPC, NCC, Distinguished Fellow American Group Psychotherapy Association, American Psychological Association Fellow is a professor and eminent scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA USA.  She received her doctorate from The College Of William and Mary, and served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Association, Secretary of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, President of APA Division 49 (The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy), President of The Group Council and other positions.  

She writes and publishes books on group psychotherapy and narcissism with 40+ books to date some of which have been translated into other languages. Dr. Brown’s first book was Teaching Group Dynamics: Process and Practice and she also published the first book on psychoeducational groups which is now in the 4th edition. Other books on group therapy include Expressive Processes for Groups Counseling, Group Counseling for Elementary and Middle School Students, Creating High Performance Classroom Groups, Facilitating Challenging Groups: Leaderless, Open and Single Session Groups, Creative Activities for Group Therapy, and Effective Psychoeducational Groups. Her ten published books on narcissism are The Destructive Narcissistic Pattern, Understanding Narcissists, Children of the Self-absorbed (Three editions and also translated into Chinese, Dutch, German, Polish, Korean, and Czech), Children of Self-absorbed Aging Parents, Coping with Infuriating, Mean, Critical People, Coping with Your Partner’s Jealousy, Loving the Self-absorbed and Working with the Self-absorbed. Other publications include book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles. 


Dr. Laura continues her exploration into the subject of narcissism with her guest, eminent scholar and professor at Old Dominion University in Virginia, USA, Dr. Nina W. Brown. Nina is the author of over forty books, ten of which are on the subject of narcissism. Nina shares valuable insight from her own experiences and her extensive research into both psychology and narcissism.

A personal experience with a difficult to deal with department chair was what initially sent Nina Brown into researching narcissism. She discovered that everyone on the faculty was feeling the same way as she was, devalued and frustrated by interactions with this person, so she set out to learn why. That led her deep into narcissism study and ten books on the subject. Dr. Brown acutely understands exactly why narcissistic individuals have such a toxic impact on the workplace. She explains why it can be difficult to initially spot the narcissist and what kind of coping strategies can be created once their behavior is revealed.

“[Narcissism] can impact [cultures] by being and making the workplace toxic. It can impact individuals, and then it extends out to the whole group. And what it does, is it makes the workplace less effective. And it makes the workers less effective because they don’t feel appreciated. They don’t feel heard and understood. And they feel that perhaps they’re being undercut in some way.”  – Nina W. Brown