Dr. Ramani Durvasula

Staying Sane with Disruptive Personalities in the Workplace with Dr. Ramani Durvasula, Professor, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Consultant, & Author

Anyone who has ever had a job recognizes that certain personality styles can make our working lives a challenge. This can happen whether we are in an entry-level job, or in the C-suite, and it can happen in any type of employment situation. Disruptive personalities in the workplace can comprise people who are combative, overly competitive, intrusive, defensive, deceitful, dishonest, volatile, manipulative, and antagonistic.  These personality styles can also become one more issue to manage at work, and pull us away from more pressing issues related to our jobs and advancement in our careers.  The impact of disruptive personalities can vary based on their role in the workplace, and it may not be restricted to just our colleagues, employees and supervisors, they may also be our clients, students, or customers. How do we stay sane when working alongside these personalities?  This focus session offers a fundamental survival guide to staying sane and protecting our own interests in a workplace characterized by one (or many) disruptive personalities.  Disruptive personalities are inevitable, and learning how to protect yourself, your mental health, and your professional development under these conditions is essential.

Focus Session objectives:

  • Understand what a disruptive personality style looks like and how it may affect you
  • Learn how to manage disruptive personalities in your workplace; what works (and doesn’t work)
  • Understand how systems and people enable disruptive personalities in the workplace
  • Become familiar with a 10-step plan designed to give you the tools to manage disruptive personalities
  • Articulate and focus on your true north so the disruptive personalities don’t pull you off track
  • Identifying your vulnerabilities to these personality styles so you can be aware of your implicit risk and be better able to self-monitor

Who should attend:

  • Managers
  • Teams
  • Individuals working with a disruptive personality

About Dr. Ramani Durvasula:

Dr. Ramani Durvasula is a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, CA and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. In 2019 her new book entitled Don’t You Know Who I Am”: How to Stay Sane in the Era of Narcissism, Entitlement, and Incivility was released. She is also the author of the modern relationship survival manual  Should I Stay or Should I Go:  Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist, and of You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life. The focus of Dr. Durvasula’s work is the impact of high-conflict, entitled, antagonistic personality styles on human relationships, mental health, and societal expectations. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and she is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications.   Her work has been featured at SxSW, TEDx, and on a wide range of media platforms including Oxygen, Investigation Discovery, Bravo, Lifetime Movie Network, CNN, and a range of digital media. Dr. Durvasula is an honest, authentic, and brutally honest voice on the struggles raised by narcissism in the US and globally.

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